Silence Diaries, The
A couple living a secret existence is tested by an accident that turns their lives upside down.
Suzie and Orbs are in their thirties and have been together for a couple of years. Orbs reluctantly makes a living in the City and Suzie is a respected financial journalist, but each has another life hidden from the outside world...
Their secret existence is threatened first when Suzie is offered a highly visible job, and then by an accident that turns their lives upside down. This is their struggle to survive as partners.
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The quiet strength of The Silence Diaries is the way extraordinary people, a Fool, a political ventriloquist and a hearer of voices, are seen engaged in the everyday struggle for closeness and authenticity, a drama that resolves itself not in twists and denouements but in human virtues: patience, kindness and mutual understanding. ~ Philip Gross, winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2009
A sweet and gentle novel about how hard it can be to communicate honestly with others and be our real selves. In the frenzied, inauthentic world we have created, this is a book that reveals how the search for what is real and meaningful can sometimes be realised in unorthodox places: in the wisdom of fooling, the consolations of silence, not to mention the truculence of Bruce the ventriloquist's fox. ~ Paul Wilson, winner of the Portico prize, author of The Visiting Angel etc.