Things I Don't Want to Know

Things I Don't Want to Know: Living Autobiography 1

Paperback Published on: 05/04/2018
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Things I Don't Want to Know
I Really Don't Have The Words To Describe The Brilliance Of This
The first book in Deborah Levy's autobiographical trilogy. This deals with her childhood in South Africa and her move to the UK, amongst other things. On... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Things I Don't Want to Know
When memoir reads like fiction!
Utter brilliance! I adore the way Deborah Levy writes and this is the first I’ve read of her non-fiction work, and devoured in less than a day. I immed... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson


The first in Deborah Levy's essential three-part 'Living Autobiography' on writing and womanhood. 'Unmissable. Like chancing upon an oasis, you want to drink it slowly . . . Subtle, unpredictable, surprising' Guardian _________________________________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.The final two instalments in Deborah Levy's 'Living Autobiography', The Cost of Living and Real Estate, are available now. _________________________________'Superb sharpness and originality of imagination. An inspiring work of writing' Marina Warner'An exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield' Sunday Times'A writer whose anger and confusion in the face of the world transform into poetic flights of fancy . . . which always feel marvellously right' Independent

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241983089
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 14 mm

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Things I Don't Want to Know
I loved it!
I was sent a copy of Things I Don't Want to Know by Deborah Levy to read and review by NetGalley. I love Deborah Levy’s writing and this, the first part o... READ MORE
Things I Don't Want to Know
Interesting but only part of the story
I’d enjoyed elements of several of her books (Swimming Home, Hot Milk and especially The Man Who Saw Everything). I thought her stories quirky, her dialogu... READ MORE
Andrew Smith
Things I Don't Want to Know
The first part of Levy’s accessible living autobiography
“Even more useful to a writer than a room of her own is an extension lead and a variety of adaptors for Europe, Asia and Africa.” My thanks to Penguin U.K... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Things I Don't Want to Know
Excellent first volume in an outstanding Living Autobiography trilogy
This is the first volume in Deborah Levy’s Living Autobiography series of memoirs (later followed by “Things I Don’t Want to Know” but before “Real Estate”... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher