A History of Silence: A Family Memoir.pdf
A History of Silence is a touching memoir about a country and a landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake and the faultlines that this event opened up in Lloyd Jones' understanding of his own family. It's about how easily we erase from our history, the stories that we find inconvenient. In his typically lyrical and engaging prose, Jones embarks on a journey of discovery. On this journey he finds out more about his country and the landscape that surrounds him, but he also uncovers the truth about his family. This truth is completely unexpected and changes everything. This deeply moving book is about loss and survival and silence.
His book is a knockout, a fresh immaculately paced study of the process by which old information becomes new, and one of the bravest and best-written memoirs I have read Daily Telegraph Throughout this brilliant memoir, the ultimate impact of the book lies with how openly and humanely Jones responds, as an author and a son, to a truer picture of his family Australian Book Review Poetically observed detail and an affecting evocation of the past will reward readers interested in the way our history can shape us Books + Publishing Lloyd is a masterful writer and his exquisite prose renders a city in much the same manner as a photographer, capturing the disaster before him in all its fine, grainy detail ... A History of Silence is a unique and mesmerising book Big Issue A History of Silence is as ... wilful and compelling as his fiction Canberra Times A pleasurable experience, gently paced and studded with lovely phrasing Weekend Australian Very moving portrayal of a disquieting family mystery Weekend Herald Eloquently portrayed Sunday Times
Lloyd Jones is the author of several novels and short story collections which include Mister Pip, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize best book award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. It has been made into a film starring Hugh Laurie. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.