About Deborah Levy
Deborah Levy is the author of seven novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy and Girl, Swimming Home, Hot Milk and The Man Who Saw Everything. She has been shortlisted twice each for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Man Booker Prize. Her short story collection, Black Vodka, was nominated for the International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as were her acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s iconic case studies, Dora and The Wolfman. She has also written for The Royal Shakespeare Company and her pioneering theatre writing is collected in Levy: Plays 1. Her work is widely translated. Deborah Levy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is also the author of a formally innovative and emotionally daring trilogy of memoirs, a living autobiography on writing, gender politics and philosophy. The first two volumes, Things I Don’t Want to Know and The Cost of Living, won the Prix Femina Etranger 2020. The final volume, Real Estate, was published in 2021.
About The Living Autobiography
Audacious, searching and triumphant, this award-winning trilogy of genre -bending living autobiographies from one of the great writers and thinkers of our time, considers the matter of finding a voice and the courage and purpose to use it. In Real Estate, Levy asks a practical and existential question: If patriarchy owns the deeds to the land , are women its sitting tenants? If so, how might she find a house of her own? In The Cost of Living, Levy considers what it takes to become a mother, to lose a mother, to dismantle her own life and remake it anew? And, in Things I Don’t Want To Know, Levy’s pioneering portrait of a young woman in the storm of life, she wonders what it takes for a writer to claim her feelings and thoughts and believe they might be valuable?