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The Girl with the Louding Voice - Abi Daré

The Girl with the Louding Voice - Abi Daré

Title: The Girl with the Louding Voice

Author:  Abi Dare

ISBN:  9781529359237

Weight:  895g

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré



This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice” – the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future.  But instead, Adunni’s father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.

When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family.  As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.

But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it.  And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can – in a whisper, in song, in broken English – until she is heard.

Peer & Press Reviews

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, author of Behold the Dreamers

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.


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

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Girl with the Louding Voice
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Desmond Elliott Prize 2020 – longlist

Bath Novel Award 2018 – winner

TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition 2018 – shortlist

Book Club listingJo Whiley Radio 2 Book Club (Mon 23/03/2020)
Book Stats
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781529359237
ISBN 101529359236
FormatHardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover designNatalie Chen
Cover illustrationKimberley Chen 2019 (Portrait)

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