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The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice

All you have are your words.


‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful’ Rosamund Lupton

Meet Adunni, a teenage girl born into a rural Nigerian village.

Aged fourteen, she is a commodity, a wife, a servant.

She is also smart, funny, curious, with a spirit and joy infectious to those around her.

And despite her situation going from bad to worse, she has a plan to escape: she will find her ‘louding voice’ and get her education, so that she can speak up for herself – and all the girls who came before her.

As she turns enemies into friends and superiors into aides, Adunni will take you with her on a heart-breaking but inspiring journey from a small village to the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, and show you that no matter the situation, there is always some joy to be found.

‘A story of courage that will win over your heartStylist

‘An unforgettable novel’ Jeanine Cummins

‘A sparkling debut . . . marks the appearance of a strong and stylish new talent’ Harper’s Bazaar

‘A true original, this will open your eyesCosmopolitan

The BBC Radio 2 Book Club featuring THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is now available to listen to on BBC Sounds.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 5th March 2020

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781529359251


A stunning novel - original, beautiful and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerising louding voice.
Rosamund Lupton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Sister and The Quality of Silence
A bold new storyteller . . . Abi Daré's fearless debut is a celebration of girls who dare to dream and those who help them unfurl their wings so that they might soar
Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers
Adunni's voice weaves and dances its way across the pages with a rhythm that captivated me, astonished me and, more than once, broke my heart
Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl
Heartbreaking and inspiring. Daré provides a valuable reminder of all the young women around the world who are struggling to be heard and how important it is that we listen to them. A moving story of what it means to fight for the right to live the life you choose.
The Girl With the Louding Voice is a character for the ages. Adunni is a girl who narrates her own suffering with levity, who paints depth and texture and beauty into her Nigerian homeland, who tenderly cultivates her own humanity even while everything around her seeks to thwart it. She is an ambassador for girls everywhere. She is important, funny, brave, and enduring. Abi Daré has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice.
Jeanine Cummins
2020 [is] a dazzling year for debut novelists . . . This 2018 Bath Novel Award winner takes a long, hard look at modern slavery through the eyes of 14-year-old Adunni
Timothy Harrison, Vogue
A true original, this will open your eyes
Abi Daré's book is compulsive reading
Irish Tatler
A story of courage that will win over your heart
A powerful debut novel . . . Compelling . . . Readers will fall in love with Adunni . . . The writing is addictive and deeply evocative. A beautiful debut from a talented author
Winning comedy sparkles through the grimness . . . it's the vividly alive characters that keep you hooked, all the way to Daré's rousing, heart-swelling conclusion
Daily Mail
A bravely determined heroine
Sunday Times
Gives an eloquent voice to the victims of modern slavery
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Radio Times
Resilience and beauty of language are at the heart of this story of domestic slavery
Sainsbury's Magazine
Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable book.
[A] brave, fresh voice . . . Daré draws the reader in with a vivid character whose dire circumstances are contrasted with her natural creativity . . . Unforgettable
New York Times
The story told in this novel is an important one . . . The Girl with the Louding Voice joins a long and fine tradition of issue-led novels that have sparked conversations resulting in social change.
Narrated by Adunni herself in a brilliantly sustained broken English, this ultimately uplifting debut novel shines a penetrating light on the barbaric practices of child labour and child marriage
Mail on Sunday
Abi Daré makes a sparkling literary debut . . . and marks the appearance of a strong and stylish new talent
Harper's Bazaar
Compelling and captivating ... an unforgettable novel and, in Adunni, the author has created a truly unforgettable voice
Daily Express
Despite the heartbreaking subject matter, this is a story of hope ... a compelling read
Sunday Post
Incredible . . . packs an emotional punch
Eithne Farry, Sunday Express
It's an amazing book... I heartily recommend
Jo Whiley, Radio 2 Book Club
This is a compelling, captivating and unforgettable debut
An impressive debut novel
A virtuosic study of female loss, determination, and of the subversive potential of words . . . It magnificently reveals how language constructs us as humans. With immense skill, Daré creates an irresistible energy and powerfully sustains it on every page
Preti Taneja
Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable debut novel.
Dare's characters leap off the page, powering this funny, luminous and heart-swelling tale
Daily Mail, Summer Fiction Special
Abi Daré is a writer who not only knows how to create a powerful sensory impression, but also one who can really work the rhythm, texture and music of language. The words jump off the page . . . The Girl with the Louding Voice never feels like standard fare. It's lifted not only by the verve of its prose, but also its touching explorations of friendship and solidarity. It has an emotional connection that remains strong even in the final pages
Sam Jordison, Guardian