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Shtum

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Publisher's Summary

Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His 10-year-old son, Jonah, has severe autism, and Ben and his wife, Emma, are struggling to cope.

When Ben and Emma fake a separation - a strategic decision to further Jonah's case in an upcoming tribunal - Ben and Jonah move in with Georg, Ben's elderly father. In a small house in North London, three generations of men - one who can't talk, two who won't - are thrown together.

As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, The Shock of the Fall and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

©2016 Jem Lester (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Maggs Port Talbot 11/06/2016
    Maggs Port Talbot 11/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Shaun - great book, so much going on in the storyline"

    Shaun - great book, so much going on in the storyline.
    There was alcoholism, servers autism, the war & marriage breakdown all wrapped up in this great story.
    Great narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 23/10/2016
    Mr 23/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    I absolutely loved this book. It made me belly laugh out loud and produced a few tears to!

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    KEVIN FISHER 14/10/2016
    KEVIN FISHER 14/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Magically written."

    As a father of an autistic child (not as severe as Jonah) I found the story both moving and hilarious.
    Congratulations to Jem on representing real autism. No card counting or any other "super power".

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    Tara 29/09/2016
    Tara 29/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Breathtakingly brilliant."

    Funny, profound, insightful & delightful.
    Exceptionally well read.
    My favourite book for years. Jem Lester - thank you.

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    MCA 18/09/2016
    MCA 18/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I will miss this family"

    I was totally immersed in this book which the reader brought to life so very well. It is very sad in places and funny in others. I've never reviewed a book before (and I have read and listened to lots). I just felt that this one deserved it on every level, performance, the story and the writing and the fact that I will remember it and will miss the characters very much.

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    jacks247 14/09/2016
    jacks247 14/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant"

    Forget the synopsis.. Know this will make you laugh and cry. I work with autistic adults and I love the guys I look after, I've been there 16 years and adore them... With all their funny stories and meltdowns. I'm also a mum and this tugged at my heart. Georg is the best character I've ever read. Loved this book

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    Robert Lee Harrigan 05/09/2016
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    "Brilliant book. Funny and moving."

    I loved listening to this book and only did so when I could let myself be fully immersed in the story. It completely took me in, emotionally, the characters and the simple funny moments of life it encapsulates. It's a very moving book of a familiar struggle but not written in a 'same old way'. Afterwards you realise why the auther has such an honest insight into caring for someone with autism.
    Although there is sadness in the book. It is ultimately, funny, charming, fulfilling and uplifting.
    Performed very well indeed.
    I would highly recomend this.

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    Jyam UK 23/08/2016
    Jyam UK 23/08/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliantly read sad and funny story."

    To bring off both a laugh out loud and a tear jerker in one book is very rare. The narration was outstanding sounding as though the author himself was telling the story.

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    "best Audio book of the year for me!"

    the story was great and the narrator was even better. my wife and son listened to it also and felt the same.

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    Holly Ashton 26/07/2016
    Holly Ashton 26/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening and Brutal"

    Being an auntie to an autistic nephew, I found this story both educational and heart warming. Having experienced first hand the battles and challenges faced by both parents of autistic children and the autistic child themselves, I commend the author for his superb ability to portray these in a poetic and humorous way. Fantastically written, entertaining yet heart felt. A must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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