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From one of the great thinkers and writers of our time, comes the highly anticipated final instalment in Deborah Levy's critically acclaimed Living Autobiography.

Following the international critical acclaim of The Cost of Living, this final volume of Deborah Levy's Living Autobiography is an exhilarating, thought-provoking and boldly intimate meditation on home and the spectres that haunt it.

'I began to wonder what myself and all unwritten and unseen women would possess in their property portfolios at the end of their lives. Literally, her physical property and possessions, and then everything else she valued, though it might not be valued by society. What might she claim, own, discard and bequeath? Or is she the real estate, owned by patriarchy? In this sense, real estate is a tricky business. We rent it and buy it, sell and inherit it - but we must also knock it down.'

'Three bicycles. Seven ghosts. A crumbling apartment block on the hill. Fame. Tenderness. The statue of Peter Pan. Silk. Melancholy. The banana tree. A Pandemic. A love story.'

©2021 Deborah Levy (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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A Real Treat

Enjoy Deborah Levy's writing anyway but such a pleasure to hear this book read by Juliet Stevenson. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.

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Very interesting and also touching!

I like this third book especially for the reflection on a woman’s life and the philosophical questions about the value of it.
Beautiful language and a good story.
Listen to or read all the three books. Good for men and women.

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Beautifully written and performed

A treasure that brings the lives of an older (brilliant) woman to life. Deborah and Juliet deserve the highest merit for bringing this book to life.

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Loved it

A book - I think - about what it means to be a woman. I seemed to agree with every word and didn't want it to finish. Beautifully read by Juliet Stevenson, as always.

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Fabulous writing and an unreal pleasure

I love reading Deborah Levy’s autobiographical books. She is clever and entertaining and life affirming. As a woman approaching 60 and looking at her future empty nest life she explores amusing and delightful options for real estate or as she calls it ‘unreal estate’ as it is pure fantasy. Great narration too by Juliet Stevenson. Just a pure pleasure.

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Stevenson great for Levy's living autobiography

This is an excellent reading, up there with all Stevenson's other great readings of Woolf, Eliot, etc. Her voice manages to be both wistful and precise, wryly humorous and very directly to the point.

Highly recommended for fans of Levy's Living Autography.