Things I Don't Want to Know: On Writing


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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah Levy, FRSL, writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, widely broadcast on the BBC, and translated into fourteen languages. The author of highly praised novels, including Hot Milk and Swimming Home (both Man Booker Prize finalists), The Unloved, and Billy and Girl, and the story collection Black Vodka, she lives in Londo


"A lively, vivid account of how the most innocent details of a writer's personal story can gain power in fiction." - New York Times Book Review

"Profound." - Los Angeles Times

"[Levy] is a skilled wordsmith and creates an array of intense emotions and moods in precise, controlled prose." - The Independent (UK)

"A vivid, striking account of a writer's life." - The Spectator (UK)

"Powerful." - New Statesman (UK)

"An up-to-date version of 'A Room of One's Own', and, like the Virginia Woolf essay, I suspect it will be quoted for many years to come." - Irish Examiner

"Levy successfully weaves historical, political, and personal threads together to form a nuanced account of her life and why she writes. Her graceful memoir/essay emphasizes a woman's need to speak out even if she has to use a quiet voice. For feminists and memoir enthusiasts." - Library Journal

"Rather than, say, telling the reader to show rather than tell, [Levy] declines to tell us anything and then shows us a great deal. What results is much more valuable than any literal writing guide or any literal response to Orwell would have been. It certainly has greater political import." - Biographile

"Few essayists have the courage and talent to go head-to-head with George Orwell. Deborah Levy's response to Orwell's iconic piece "Why I Write" is at once a feminist call to arms, a touching memoir of small moments, and a guide to writing fiction from one of literature's bravest rulebreakers." - Barnes & Noble Review