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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.
In Lloyd Jones’ childhood in New Zealand, silence was the currency of the day and he knew very little of his family lineage, something that irrevocably altered after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. Shaken by the disaster, Jones felt compelled to go in search of his own foundations and embarked on a quest that would prove profoundly influential. Some of the certainties of his life proved to have been fabricated and elsewhere poignant memories emerged that challenged his sense of his own identity. But Jones, a lyrical and engaging writer, is eminently philosophical about all this ambivalence, musing ‘were I to suffer a personal earthquake and be split open, I am quite certain a team of awkward blokes would scramble out of me with a pint in one hand and a balled fist in the other, and that the temptation to fight would be confused with one to sing.’ Candid yet compassionate, he offers a memoir of real humanity
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
Publication date: 13/03/2014
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division
|Publication date:||13th March 2014|
|Publisher:||John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Autobiography: literary,|
Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington, New Zealand. He travelled to Papua New Guinea at the outset of the blockade and visited the island twice ten years later; once, to visit the New Zealand Peacekeeping mission, the second time to stay with Sam Kauona, the military leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.More About Lloyd Jones