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  • Published: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569473
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $38.00
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A History of Silence: A Memoir (NZ Ed)




The 2011 earthquake that shook Christchurch to its core led Lloyd Jones to investigate his own foundations and family past. And so begins a quest to revisit what has been buried by a legacy of silence.

Stone by stone the basilica was being dismantled in order to be put back together again. Each stone was painted with a number and laid with care onto pallets spread over the ground . . . I kept thinking about those numbered stones. Some purpose began to take shape. I began to wonder if I might re-trace and recover something of my own past, to reassemble it in the manner of the basilica. It was a matter of looking to see if any of the original building blocks remained, and where might I find them.
The 2011 earthquake that shook Christchurch to its core led Lloyd Jones to investigate his own foundations and family past. And so begins a quest to revisit what has been buried by a legacy of silence. Piecing together his own memories with clues of what has been deliberately forgotten by his parents, Jones embarks on a journey of discovery – uncovering hardships endured and sorrows kept hidden. Grandparents never spoken of or met emerge from dusty archives as he unearths lives torn apart by tragedy and unspoken mysteries.
Like the city that is exposed, Jones must come to terms with a history that is not one he may have imagined.
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  • Pub date: 21 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780143569473
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful contemporary writers. He has published essays and children’s books but his best known work is the phenomenally successful novel Mister Pip, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Montana Medal for Fiction in 2007 and the Kiriyama Writers’ Prize in 2008, and was later adapted as a motion picture. Among his other most decorated works are The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and Hand Me Down World.

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Praise for A History of Silence: A Memoir (NZ Ed)

“'Superbly written, A History of Silence is an extraordinary work from one of New Zealand's master storytellers.' —NZ Listener ”

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“'The book gathers an urgency and and poignancy that at times becomes as painful as pulling flesh across barbed wire, and we become aware the lineaments of grand tragedy can be found in the back streets of Lower Hutt, if the silence that holds together eggshell lives can be broken and the stories told for all of us to hear.' —Otago Daily Times ”

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“'In the parallels drawn between a broken city and family amnesia lies Jones' honest and thought-provoking memoir, A History of Silence.' —Sydney Morning Herald ”

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“' Told in Jones' evocative prose, [The History of Silence] is a moving portrait of a Wellington childhood, a family that moved across an ocean, an fo a secret wrapped in silence.' —Kia Ora”

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“'Jones is a great literary artist and everywhere his fictive skills shine through.' —NZ Listener (Best Books of 2013)”

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“'Jones tells a fascinating family story of abandonment and secrecy with characteristic style . A History of Silence is also disaster literature as the Christchurch earthquakes are employed as a deep metaphor for broken lives and erased memory.' —Dominion Post Weekend (Best Books of 2013)”

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“'Its artfulness is hidden, its scaffolding invisible, its craft impressive. Its sentences are not bogged down in image and metaphor, yet both are over -archingly present, and highly effective.' —NZ Books”

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