Header overlay
Free
Lea Ypi, Free - Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2021 Winner
Lea Ypi, Free | Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Shortlist 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241481851
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Allen Lane
  • Binding: Hardback

Free

Coming of Age at the End of History

Lea Ypi
From£22

SF Subscriber Prices

UK & Ireland £22 *save £2
Overseas £24 *save £2

Non-Subscriber Prices

UK & Ireland £24
Overseas £26
  • Gift wrap available
  • Pre-order
  • All prices include P&P. Overseas rates & subscriber discounts will be applied once you have selected a shipping type for each item during the checkout process.
  • Special stock order
Non Slightly Foxed title: Minimum 5-10 day delivery time.
● If you are a current subscriber to the quarterly your basket will update to show any discounts before the payment page during checkout ● If you want to subscribe now and buy books or goods at the member rate please add a subscription to your basket before adding other items ● Gift wrap, messages and delivery instructions may be added during the checkout process ● If you need help please send us a message using the form in the bottom left of your screen and we’ll be in touch as soon as we’re back at our desks.

Winner of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2021Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize Logo

Shortlisted for the Costa 2021 Biography Award and the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2021

Free is an engrossing memoir of coming of age amid political upheaval. Lea Ypi grew up in Albania, the last Stalinist outpost of Europe, where communism had officially replaced religion. In 1990, everything changed. As one generation’s aspirations became another’s disillusion, and as her own family secrets were revealed, Ypi found herself asking what freedom really meant.

‘Lea Ypi’s memoir Free vividly portrays the confusions of childhood and adolescence among the lies, surreal oddity and dangers that she experienced under the strict rule of communist Albania and the chaos after 1990. Gradually understanding the behaviour of her grandmother, father, mother, neighbours and friends, she reveals the complexities of different, often incompatible ideas of freedom. Both funny and deeply serious, it is a moving personal narrative, a fascinating portrait of Albania, and a profoundly valuable analysis of what it is to be free.’
Johnny de Falbe, 2021 Prize Judge

‘Wonderfully funny and poignant . . . a tale of family secrets and political awakening amid a crumbling regime. One of the nonfiction titles of the year’ Observer

‘Astonishing and deeply resonant . . . Ypi weaves magic in this book: I was entranced from beginning to end’ Sunday Times



    Comments & Reviews

    Leave your review

    Similar Items

    Sign up to our e-newsletter

    Sign up for dispatches about new issues, books and podcast episodes, highlights from the archive, events, special offers and giveaways.