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A History of Silence A Family Memoir by Lloyd Jones
  

A History of Silence A Family Memoir

Biography / Autobiography   

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Following the devastating New Zealand earthquakes where buildings were torn apart, private lives on show as walls collapse, the earthquake revealing what’s underneath, the land breaking through its concrete cover. And family secrets break through their cover and reveal themselves as Lloyd Jones finds in his masterly memoir, A History of Silence. He finds a shifting pattern of silence and loss, a rewriting of history, stories forming and breaking in a family history that demands to be read.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In Lloyd Jones’ New Zealand childhood, silence was the currency of the day and he knew very little of his family lineage. But after the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, 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 turned out 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. Candid yet compassionate, he offers a memoir of real humanity.
~ The Good Book Guide

Synopsis

A History of Silence A Family Memoir by Lloyd Jones

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.

Reviews

'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

About the Author

Lloyd Jones

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th September 2014

Author

Lloyd Jones

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Memoirs

ISBN

9781848549050

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