'An unforgettable first novel' The Times
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THE EBOOK BESTSELLER ABOUT FATHERS, SONS AND LOVE
Ten-year-old Jonah lives in a world of his own.
He likes colours and feathers and the feel of fresh air on his skin.
He dislikes sudden loud noises and any change to his daily routine.
Jonah has never spoken, yet somehow he communicates better than all of the adults in his life.
Inspired by the author's experiences with his own son, SHTUM is a novel about three generations of a family learning to get along.
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'A book with true heart and soul' Joanna Cannon
'Whether you think Shtum is a novel about autism or about marriage (it's both, by the way), you will agree that it is, in the end, a love story infused with wit, charm, and a deep appreciation for the complex beauty of damaged souls.' Jonathan Tropper
Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 - and though there, he denies personal responsibility. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He denies responsibility for that too. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years. Jem has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic, and for them he accepts total responsibility. He lives in London with his partner and her two children.
Jem's first novel, Shtum, won the 2013 PFD/City University Prize for Fiction.
Follow Jem on Twitter @JemLester