From the comfort of my sofa

I just like to read! There is no greater pleasure than a peaceful house and a good book. I will read most genres but not sure I have the imagination to really "get" some science fiction and fantasy.

Compelling, funny and tragic

Shtum - Jem Lester

This is a really interesting book that is bound to be HUGE when it is released next year.  Compelling, funny, tragic, painful, a true emotional roller-coaster.  The story is set around three generations of males in a family – Jonah who is profoundly autistic, his father Ben and his grandfather Georg.  I can’t comment on the reality of living with autism but it would appear that the author has managed to put into words the turmoil that comes with living with such complex needs.
Far and away my favourite character is Georg, he is just wonderful.  Ben, however, I found irritating and frustrating.  I also found Emma to be a bit two-dimensional, but then again the book is about the males in the family.
Thought-provoking and insightful this should be a must read for anyone who comes into contact with autism.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and THE Book Club (TBC) for my copy of this book.