Join Abi Daré as she talks about her stunning debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, an original and unforgettable story of one girl’s struggle for freedom.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education.

As the only daughter of a broke father, she is a valuable commodity. Removed from school and sold as a third wife to an old man, Adunni’s life amounts to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV. When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni…

As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless servant, fourteen-year-old Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni won’t be silenced. She is determined to find her voice – in a whisper, in song, in broken English – until she can speak for herself, for the girls like Rebecca who came before, and for all the girls who will follow.

Abi Daré’s unforgettable novel sings from the page in a voice like no other. We’re delighted to welcome Abi to Oswestry with one of the hottest tipped debut novels of 2020.


Tickets: £6 (redeemable against a signed copy of The Girl with the Louding Voice). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)