The Quiet Whispers Never Stop


Hardback Published on: 14/04/2022
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BUTLER LITERARY AWARD 2022 'Powerful' Irish Times 'Darkly beautiful' Irish Sunday Independent 'Captivating' Jan Carson 'Dazzling' Danielle McLaughlin 'Utterly absorbing' Kit de Waal 'Brilliantly observed' Elaine Feeney 'A huge achievement' Niamh Boyce In 1982, Nuala Malin struggles to stay connected, to her husband, to motherhood, to the smallness of her life in the belly of a place that is built on hate and stagnation. Her daughter Sam and baby son PJ keep her tethered to this life she doesn't want. She finds unexpected refuge with a seventeen-year-old boy, but this relationship is only temporary, a sticking plaster on a festering wound. It cannot last and when her chance to leave Northern Ireland comes, Nuala takes it. In 1994, Sam Malin plans escape. She longs for a life outside her dysfunctional family, far away from the North and all its troubles, free from her quiet brooding father Patsy, who never talks about her mother, Nuala; a woman Sam barely knew, who abandoned them twelve years ago. She finds solace in music, drugs and her best friend Becca, but most of all in an illicit relationship with a jagged, magnetic older man. She is drawn to him, and he to her, in a way she can't yet comprehend. Sam is more like her mother than she knows.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781529373578
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 516g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 32 mm

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The Quiet Whispers Never Stop
A stunning debut novel
I almost stopped reading this book several times as Sam's story was difficult for me to read but I am so glad that I stuck with it. The quality of the writ... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
The Quiet Whispers Never Stop
Turbulent story of struggling teenager
The Quiet Whispers Never Stop by Olivia Fitzsimons is the traumatic story of a girl's turbulent final year in convent secondary school and her difficult r... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon
The Quiet Whispers Never Stop
Not always an easy read, especially for those of us who grew up in NI and know only too well the claustrophobia she presents so authentically. The story wa... READ MORE
Claire Estelle
The Quiet Whispers Never Stop
Lyrical and witty debut
A lyrical literary novel with wit and beautiful observations. The Quiet Whispers Never Stop is a coming of age story for Sam as she gets enchanted by the c... READ MORE
Chloe Timms
The Quiet Whispers Never Stop
Loved this book
Beautifully written, with fantastic storytelling, brilliant characters and sense of place that weaves in & illuminates the bigger context. A wonderful debu... READ MORE
Gabriella Braun