'Levy's strength is her originality of thought and expression.' Jeanette Winterson; 'I made notes to read as much as I can find by Deborah Levy - ' Bookslut.com; 'She is one of the few contemporary British writers comfortable on a world stage.' New Statesman; 'the strange brilliance of her imagination' The Independent; 'Levy is an exciting writer, sharp and shocking as the knives her characters wield.' Sunday Times
Deborah Levy is an author, playwright and poet. Her fiction includes two Man Booker Prize shortlisted novels, Swimming Home (2011) and Hot Milk (2016), as well as Black Vodka (2013), shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
'Swimming Home is as sharp as a wasp sting ... Witty and poignant, its pages melt away like an unsettling yet familiar dream.' Sunday Times ---------- 'Deborah Levy has made something strange and new ... spiky and unsettling. In this novel, home is elusive, safety is unlikely, and the reader closes the book both satisfied and unnerved.' The Guardian ---------- 'A stealthily devastating book ... Levy manipulates light and shadow with artfulness. She transfixes the reader: we recognize the thing of darkness in us all. This is an intelligent, pulsating literary beast.' The Telegraph ---------- 'Swimming Home is a beautiful, delicate book underpinned by a complexity that only reveals itself slowly to the reader.' Financial Times ---------- 'This amazing novel is a haunting exploration of loss and longing. It has an epic quality.' The Independent ---------- 'A statement on the power of the unsaid. Magisterial ... Themes, phrases and images recur in rhythmic cycles through this fugal novel. Levy's cinematic clarity and momentum convey confusion with remarkable lucidity.' Times Literary Supplement ---------- 'As the reader is drawn beneath the placid surface of her characters' experiences, Levy reveals a more urgent world humming with symbols.' Literary Review ---------- 'Exquisite ... Levy's sense of dramatic form, as she hastens us toward the grim finale, is unerring, and her prose effortlessly summons people and landscapes.' New Yorker ---------- 'Readers will have to resist the temptation to hurry up in order to find out what happens ... Our reward is the enjoyable, if unsettling, experience of being pitched into the deep waters of Levy's wry, accomplished novel.' New York Times ---------- 'Elegant ... subtle ... uncanny... The seductive pleasure of Levy's prose stems from its layered brilliance.' Washington Post ---------- 'Here is an excellent story, told with the subtlety and menacing tension of a veteran playwright.' Wall Street Journal