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Shtum Paperback – January 26, 2017
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''Funny yet heartbreaking.'' --Independent (London)
''A darker, sadder version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but just as moving.'' --Observer (London)
''Complex characters and wonderful descriptions combine to create an honest yet blunt portrayal of the trials and triumphs associated with raising a child with autism.'' --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
About the Author
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.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top customer reviews
Difficult subject written with great understanding, though. If you know nothing about autism, this would be a good place to start.
Verb descriptions and sentence construction created such flow culminating in one of the best endings I have ever read. Far surpasses many good novellas with warmth, heroism, tongue-in-cheek reality but above all.... The love of 2 dads for their sons ( autistic or not) plus a friendship in a million between 2 fuddy-duddies. Incredible read...