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‘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

Reviews

'I loved every word' Joanna Cannon, bestselling author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP 'A thought-provoking novel about the silent ties between generations' Julie Cohen, bestselling author of TOGETHER 'A simply stunning novel' Miranda Dickinson 'A love story infused with wit, charm, and a deep appreciation for the complex beauty of damaged souls' Jonathan Tropper, author of THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU 'Will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think' Graeme Simsion, bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT What readers are saying about the heart-warming 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.' 'A must read for everyone.' 'real and honest with an equal mix of joy and pain.'