The Cost of Living

The Cost of Living: Living Autobiography 2

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 07/02/2019
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The Cost of Living
Outstanding - Funny and Fierce
The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy. This is the second of three autobiographies by Levy. I have the other two. I just got confused about which one to read... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


From the twice-Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home.

What does it mean to be free - as an artist, a woman, a mother or daughter? And what is the price of that freedom?

In this dazzling memoir, Deborah Levy confronts the essential questions of modern womanhood with humour, pragmatism, and profoundly resonant wisdom.

Reflecting on the period when she wrote the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Hot Milk - when her mother was dying, her daughters were leaving home, her marriage was coming to an end - she is characteristically eloquent on the social expectations and surreal realities of daily life. And expanding far beyond these bounds, she describes a uniquely frank, wise and thrilling manifesto for female experience: embracing the exhilarating terror of freedom, seeking to understand what that freedom could mean and how it might feel.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241977569
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 148g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 13 mm

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The Cost of Living
Brilliantly Engaging
I have to say that part two of Levy’s three-piece memoir set is a different proposition to the first part. And I mean that in a very good way. To some exte... READ MORE
Andrew Smith
The Cost of Living
The second part of the memoir
I was sent a copy of The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy to read and review by NetGalley. I really enjoyed this second part of the author’s memoir, but not... READ MORE
The Cost of Living
Second volume of an outstanding "Living Autobiography" Trilogy
This is the second volume in Deborah Levy’s Living Autobiography series (after “Things I Don’t Want to Know” but before “Real Estate”) this was published ... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
The Cost of Living
Elegantly crafted literary memoir
My thanks to Penguin U.K. for the invitation to review a digital copy via NetGalley of ‘The Cost of Living’ by Deborah Levy. This is the second in Levy’s ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan