Shtum by Jem Lester

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shtumShtum by Jem Lester isn’t out for a while but it’s one of those books you have to share immediately. As you’re reading your feelings are getting more and more bottled up until you reach the last page and then have to tell somebody, anybody about it or you might explode. Anyway. In April next year you’ll understand and I’ll remind you.

Shtum is the story of three generations of men. Ben Jewell is the narrator. He’s an alcoholic, totally self-indulgent and he’s pretty much failed at everything; his job, his marriage and even being a father. His own father, Georg Jewell is a closed book to Ben, judgemental and distant. And then there’s Jonah. Jonah Jewell is ten and severely disabled with Autism; silent and completely dependent. Jonah is given the opportunity of a place at a hugely expensive but utterly perfect new school. The process to secure funding…

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