Girl, Woman, Other Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Winner of The Booker Prize 2019
Shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
The Sunday Times best seller
This is Britain as you've never heard it.
This is Britain as it has never been told.
From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the 20th century to the teens of the 21st, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of 12 characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They're each looking for something - a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 7 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 May 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,284 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
8 in Black & African American Women's Fiction (Books)
40 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
104 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Girl, Woman, Other is filled with slang, non-mainstream words, awkward spelling and grammatical mistakes (maybe done purposely. For example, page 257 - "...she taught Shirley who in turn taught Rachel to ensure they was (sic) all clean and well-dressed when they got on a plane..." ). The punctuation and the arrangement of paragraphs in the book are deplorable. Nevertheless, Girl, Woman, Other must be credited with having one of the longest words in the English language, which is "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Sorry to say but I can't recommend this book to anyone. If there were an option to give a negative rating, I would have gladly chosen it.
Got lost a few times on connections, but never bored.
First third of the book I was ‘off’ lesbian politics, but this was necessary - part of my education.
What a huge exploration of women’s politics and sexuality and relationships and modern day Britain race relations.
Kids, you love ‘em, they give you the ‘irrits’ - blokes, the same!
My only suggestion to other readers is you may like to note down who people are as they are introduced! Towards the end of the book I wished I had done this but then got to the end without missing anything and loving this whole exploration of two worlds I have not experienced myself.
Top reviews from other countries
The twelve narratives are grouped into four sets of three, each set has relatively tight connections with the others in that set, but the four sets are connected sometimes in tangential ways. Each narrative is fully and beautifully told, centring on a black woman but with a lively and diverse cast of supporting characters - sometimes generations of that character’s family, sometimes friends, sometimes employers or offspring.
Each of the twelve characters is sufficiently different to maintain interest and avoid any blurring between them. They range, for example, from a lesbian theatre dramatist, to a city banker, to a Northumbrian farmer, to a narcissistic schoolteacher. Some of the characters are more likeable than others, some of them are happier than others. Taken together, though, they challenge a number of pre-conceptions: e.g. that black skin was not seen in Britain before the Windrush; that the black community is somehow homogenous; that black kids have lower expectations than their white counterparts. We see in great detail the complexity of the backgrounds of many Black Britons; the systematic stifling of ambition and opportunity that Black kids experience; and the power of familial expectations and the perils of wanting something different from life.
Girl, Woman, Other does have a couple of codas. The first is an after party following the opening of a play by Amma, the star of the first narrative. This brings together some of the characters and offers an opportunity for some set-piece politicking. If the novel has a weak spot, this is it. The second coda is much more powerful, as one of the characters discovers her true heritage. The reader will already have worked this out, but the salient feature is more the character’s reaction than the actual fact of it.
This remarkable collection of narratives is dauntingly long to start with, but after the first two or three stories it is very hard to put down. It is written in a compelling, immediate style (almost verse like with line spacing and lack of capital letters), and gives a very convincing insight into lives that the reader might never have previously noticed. This is an important work that gives a better understanding of our country, and an appreciation that the story is still being written.
writing akin to a four year old. So cross that I had to buy this – my book club chose it as our book of the month. Everyone hates it. Emperor’s new clothes, avoid at all costs!