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Home Books Fiction Historical The Silence of Water

The Silence of Water

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By Sharron Booth

It’s the turn of the century when Fan’s mother, Agnes, announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Agnes’s father – a man they’ve never spoken of before now. Fan finds herself a stranger in a new town living in a home whose currents and tensions she cannot read or understand.

Resentful of her mother’s decision to move, Fan forms an alliance with her grandfather, Edwin Salt, a convict transported to Australia in 1861. As she listens to memories of his former life in England, Fan starts snooping around the house, riffling through Edwin’s belongings in an attempt to fill the gaps in his stories. But the secrets Fan uncovers will test the family’s fragile bonds forever, and force Edwin into a final reckoning with the brutality of his past.

ISBN: 9781760991340
Dimensions: 20.8x14cm
Pages: 232
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press

 

About the author:

Sharron Booth was born in Yorkshire and when she was nine years old, her family moved to the southern suburbs of Perth as part of the wave of 1970’s British migrants. She survived high school with the help of pub rock, post-punk, cricket and underage drinking. Sharron dropped out of university to work as an advertising copywriter but eventually returned, going on to complete an award-winning PhD. The Silence of Water is her first novel and explores themes of dislocation, exile and family secrets. It was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle 2020 Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript.

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