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'Unmissable. Like chancing upon an oasis, you want to drink it slowly... Subtle, unpredictable, surprising' Guardian

Things I Don't Want to Know is the first in Deborah Levy's essential three-part 'Living Autobiography' on writing and womanhood.

Taking George Orwell's famous essay, 'Why I Write', as a jumping-off point, Deborah Levy offers her own indispensable reflections of the writing life. With wit, clarity and calm brilliance, she considers how the writer must stake claim to that contested territory as a young woman and shape it to her need. Things I Don't Want to Know is a work of dazzling insight and deep psychological succour, from one of our most vital contemporary writers.

'Superb sharpness and originality of imagination. An inspiring work of writing' Marina Warner

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An up-to-date version of 'A Room of One's Own' . . . I suspect it will be quoted for many years to come (Irish Examiner)

Superb sharpness and originality of imagination. It is feminist and political while being an inspiring work of writing . . . She writes on the high wire, unfalteringly (Marina Warner)

Levy's strength is her originality of thought and expression (Jeanette Winterson)

An exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield (Sunday Times)

One of the few contemporary British writers comfortable on a world stage (New Statesman)

A writer whose anger and confusion in the face of the world transform into poetic flights of fancy . . . which always feel marvellously right (Independent)

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Things I Don't Want to Know is a unique response to George Orwell from one of our most vital contemporary writers. Taking Orwell's famous list of motives for writing as the jumping-off point for a sequence of thrilling reflections on the writing life, this is a perfect companion not just to Orwell's essay, but also to Levy's own, essential oeuvre.

'A powerful feminist response to Orwell's "Why I Write" New Statesman

'Inspired by Orwell, another unique writer tells her tale. Marvellously right' Independent

'Superb sharpness and originality of imagination. It is feminist and political while being an inspiring work of writing' Marina Warner

'Original, unmissable. like chancing upon an oasis. The writing is of such quality that you want to drink it slowly' Kate Kellaway, Guardian

'In her powerful rejoinder to Orwell, Deborah Levy responds to his proposed motives for writing -- 'sheer egoism', 'aesthetic enthusiasm', 'historical impulse' and 'political purpose' -- with illuminating moments of autobiography. A vivid, striking account of a writer's life, which feminises and personalises Orwell's blunt assertions' Spectator

'It will be quoted for many years to come' Irish Examiner

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