Deborah Levy


The Cost of Living

Hamish Hamilton

Deborah Levy’s elegiac memoir is a meditation on what it means to be alive. In a deeply reflective and personal account, Levy examines afresh her life, the relationships closest to her and what it is to be a woman and a writer. In precise and candid language, she describes the fallout following the breakup of her marriage and the seismic impact of her mother’s death. Deborah Levy’s celebrated six novels include Swimming Home and Hot Milk, both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Deborah Levy is a British playwright, novelist and poet. She is the author of six novels: Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved, Billy & Girl, Swimming Home and Hot Milk. Swimming Home was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 as well as the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, and Hot Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and the Goldsmiths Prize 2016. Deborah is also the author of a collection of short stories, Black Vodka, which was shortlisted for the BBC International Short Story Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and the memoir, Things I Don’t Want to Know, which forms the first part of her living autobiography trilogy. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.