BOOK REVIEW SHTUM BY JEM LESTER

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point.

His ten year old son Jonah has never spoken . So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with bend elderly father ,three generations of men – one who can’t talk ;two who won’t are thrown together .

As ben battles single fatherhood a string of well meaning social workers and his own demons he learns some difficult home truths.

jonah ,blissful in his innocence ,becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity,family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled .

 

I had heard great great things about this book and couldn’t wait to read . So after taking it from the library it was devoured in under 8hours.

I couldn’t put it down and I absolutely loved it.

As a parent to 2children on the autistic spectrum I know only too well how it is . This book doesn’t dress it up or focus on the special fun moments ,it’s raw real and hard hitting . It is tough and exhausting and there always seems to be a battle . We are their voice and one part I especially liked was how he included letters and documents involved in raising  a child with special needs. 

We go on a journey with these characters and it’s always brilliant to read from a mans point of view .

This will always stay with me and I think it’s great to have read 2 books recently that talk openly and honestly about raising a child with autism . As a final note I would like to say thank you to these authors for showing the world what it can be like but also that away from the stress and appointments that we are still families who love.

 

 

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