The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Signed copy of The Girl with the Louding Voice.
An unforgettable, award-winning debut novel about one girl’s struggle for freedom in modern-day Nigeria, lifting the curtain on the unchecked epidemic of unpaid housework and exploitation of young girls
‘Your schooling is your voice, child. It will be speaking for you even if you didn’t open your mouth to talk. It will be speaking till the day God is calling you come.’
Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. Her mother tells her it's the only way to get a 'louding voice', the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But when her mother dies, Adunni’s life changes overnight. In need of money, her father breaks his promise, and sells his daughter into marriage. Adunni’s life, her hopes and dreams, amount to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV.
This novel was an instant New York Times bestseller, named one of the Observer's best debuts for 2020 and shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.