By Jem Lester

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2 reviews

Funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, Shtum is a story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days. Perfect for anyone who loved THE SHOCK OF THE FALL, THE ROSIE PROJECT and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.


24 Mar 2016


A sucker-punch of a novel. Harsh and unforgiving at times, sweet and heartwarming at others. A fascinating insight into the life of a family with a severely autistic child. You'll smile at well as cry!

27 Apr 2016

“This book is one of my favourites of 2015, a quite remarkable debut about a couple with an autistic son who make the decision that it might be best for them to temporarily separate in order for them to get their son Jonah into a residential school. Shtum is a powerful story that rocked me to my very core, it had me laughing one minute and crying the next, packed with dark humour it is the story of fathers and sons and the sacrifices you will make for your children. A truly delightful read that left me feeling uplifted and my heart aching.”

“I cannot stress highly enough how much I loved this book. Simply charming, beautiful and gut-wrenching. This would appeal to anyone who is a parent or has a parent! Told from the point of view of Ben a 30-something father of a severely autistic boy, this book grabs your heart strings, pulls them sideways and then snaps them back!”

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