Things i dont want to know is published by notting hill editions a small choice independent publisher committed to reinvigorating the essay as a literary form they came up with the idea of . Now having read things i dont want to know im left with the same feeling of wanting to pick the book up again a feeling that theres more to learn from a second read this book goes some way towards explaining the unusual way that deborah levy writes with sharp funny ironic observations noted down in small chunks . Deborah levys book things i dont want to know on writing is structured as a response to george orwells famous 1946 essay why i write she heads each of four chapters with orwells reasons political purpose historical impulse sheer egoism and aesthetic enthusiasm. Things i dont want to know is deborah levys sparkling response to orwells why i write things i dont want to know is a unique response to george orwell from one of our most vital contemporary writers. Deborah levy was born in 1959 in south africa where her father was a member of the african national congress an academic and a historian the family emigrated to wembley park england in 1968
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