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The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy

The Cost of Living

Deborah Levy

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Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 5 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9780241267998

The audacious and elegiac second installment in her 'living autobiography' on writing and womanhood, from the twice-Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home

  • The GuardianBook of the Year
3 stars out of 5
Kathryn Hughes
6 Apr 2018

"In elliptical, allusive prose, she re-engages with the ideas of Simone de Beauvoir"

There’s a wonderful moment in a series of wonderful moments in this second instalment of Deborah Levy’s “living memoir”. It’s a “sad Tuesday” and she is being told off by a neighbour in the block of flats into which she has recently moved with her daughters following divorce from their father. This is supposed to be a fresh start for Levy, a liberation from the contortions of a family life that has become too difficult to sustain alongside her work as a writer. But now here comes a new kind of cultural policing, imposed not by a man but by another woman, who is part of what Levy calls the “societal” system.