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Saturday 15 January 2022

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré


Oh my goodness, what an achingly beautiful book. I absolutely loved it. And what a voice Adunni has…very louding indeed.

The story is written from Adunni's POV. She wants nothing more than an education, to go to school, to learn and ultimately to teach. To give girls a voice. But sold for marriage to an old man, then abused by a rich Big Madam in Lagos, an education seems beyond her reach.

You fall in love with Adunni from the minute you're introduced to her. She misses her dead mother deeply, and she has a wisdom beyond her years. But what grabs your heart and wrenches it is her determination and cemented resolve.

Adunni tells her story in broken English…which is so very poignant and charming at the same time.

What a kick-off to my reading year…but a hard act to follow.

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