Abi Daré

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré is on the shortlist for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2021 announced on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

The Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award is for a novel written in English and published the previous year in the UK founded in 2017. It is awarded annually to a compelling novel, of any genre – from romance and thrillers, to historical, speculative and literary fiction – with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realized. Goldsboro Books is a bookstore founded by David Headley and Daniel Gedeon in 1999; they have branches in London and Bristol, UK.

Then shortlist for the prize decided in-house by the Goldsboro books staff was announced on August 5. David Headley, Goldsboro Books co-founder and MD, and founder of the Glass Bell, said:

“For five years now, the Glass Bell Award has sought to celebrate the best of contemporary fiction, regardless of genre or stage of the author’s career, and this year is no exception. The 2021 shortlist may be the most innovative and outward-looking yet, with its international focus and the way it plays with the literary canon. Our judging discussions are always lively, but with these powerful literary novels, imaginative historical thrillers, whirlwind bestsellers – and four superb debuts which deserved more attention in a very busy year, I’m sure we’ll all have a lot to say this year!”

Of the six on the shortlist revealed is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, a 2020 coming of age novel and the debut novel of Nigerian writer Abi Daré. It tells the story about a teenage Nigerian girl called Adunni who becomes a maid and struggles with many things growing up, including her limited education, poverty and her ability to speak up for herself.

The winner who wins £2,000 and a beautiful, handmade glass bell will be announced on Thursday 30th September.