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'Will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think' Graeme Simsion

Inspired by the author's experiences with his own son, SHTUM is a novel about three generations of a family learning how to get along. The heartwarming novel of 2017.

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

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.'

'Brilliant humour.'

Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781409166511
Branch Call Number: LEST
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 15, 2017

Shtum = to keep quiet, keep secrets inside; not to tell
What a lovely story! These flawed characters all crept into my heart. It's going to be awhile before I can let go of Jonah.
The author was masterful in taking a stressed family and showing the stories behind the people, what shaped them, what motivated them and, always, the inner selves that are kept shtum.
This story left me laughing, sad, worried for everyone, sad and sometimes frustrated. But slowly, I moved closer to the characters and, in the end, didn't want to leave them.

Sep 11, 2016

Wow ! What a powerfully moving book. Wonderfully written. Lots of laughter and lots of tears.

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