´Will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think´ Graeme Simsion
Funny, moving and uplifting, SHTUM is a novel about three generations of a family learning how to get along.
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.
´Fiercely funny ... an unforgettable first novel´ The Times
´A book with true heart and soul´ Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
Inspired by the author´s experiences with his own son, SHTUM will make you laugh, cry and smile. A must-read for fans of David Nicholls, THE ROSIE PROJECT and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.
What readers are saying about this heartwarming book from Jem Lester:
´This book has gone onto my all-time favourite list´
´This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time.´
I cried my heart out.´
´A gripping and emotional story.´
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.
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