Abi Dare grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, achieving a Distinction with The Girl With the Louding Voice. It went on to win the Bath Novel Award for emerging authors and to be a finalist in the Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018 before being published in 2020. An instant New York Times bestseller, it was subsequently shortlisted for the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize and the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize. Abi Dare lives in Essex with her husband and two children.
[A] brave, fresh voice . . . Dare draws the reader in with a vivid character whose dire circumstances are contrasted with her natural creativity . . . Unforgettable - New York TimesAn impressive debut novel - ObserverAdunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable book. - IndependentThe story told in this novel is an important one . . . The Girl with the Louding Voice joins a long and fine tradition of issue-led novels that have sparked conversations resulting in social change. - GuardianNarrated by Adunni herself in a brilliantly sustained broken English, this ultimately uplifting debut novel shines a penetrating light on the barbaric practices of child labour and child marriage - Mail on SundayThis is a compelling, captivating and unforgettable debut - MirrorDare's characters leap off the page, powering this funny, luminous and heart-swelling tale - Daily Mail, Summer Fiction Special