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The Silence of Water

Sharron Booth



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Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
03 May 2022
When Fans mum, Agnes, announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Agness father -- a man they have 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 mothers 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 Edwins belongings in an attempt to fill the gaps in his stories. But the secrets Fan uncovers will test the familys fragile bonds forever, and force Edwin into a final reckoning with the brutality of his past.
Imprint:   Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   291g
ISBN:   9781760991340
ISBN 10:   1760991341
Pages:   232
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sharron Booth was born in Yorkshire, England and emigrated to Western Australia as a child with her family in the 1970s. She has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and her creative work has been published in Southerly, LiNQ, The Australian and broadcast on ABC Radio. Her first novel, The Silence of Water, was shortlisted for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript. Sharron lives near the river in Perth and when not writing, she enjoys yoga, the beach, the local live music scene and watching cricket.

Reviews for The Silence of Water

'The crime that brings Edwin Salt to Australia echoes through this story of three generations, beautifully and powerfully wrought from convict history and a lyrical writerly imagination.' --Amanda Curtin, author of The Sinkings 'With careful research and sparse, elegant prose Sharron Booth reveals how the life and crimes of a Western Australian convict affect generations of his family. By bringing to life this neglected aspect of our convict history, Booth reminds us it is the secrets and silences of the past which often exert the most power upon the present.' --Kiera Lindsey, author of The Convict's Daughter

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