Nominated by:

Norfolk County Council Library Service, UK

Publisher of nominated edition:

Orion Publishing, UK


Jem Lester      

2018 Longlist

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.

Funny, heartbreaking and uplifting, Shtum is a novel about three generations of a family learning how to get along.

About the author

Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 – and though there, he denies personal responsibility. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He denies responsibility for that too. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years. Jem has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic, and for them he accepts total responsibility. He lives in London his partner and her two children.

(from publisher)

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