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Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 20/06/2024
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The Silence In Between
This was an absolutely incredible novel. It looks at a perspective of WW2 (and later, the division of East and West Germany) from a perspective we don't of... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
The Silence In Between
Compelling Debut
I enjoyed reading this duel narrative, historical novel immensely. It follows Lisette and Elly, mother and daughter, as the Berlin Wall rises up to separat... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
The Silence In Between
A fine debut
I think this is an excellent novel. Very well written for the most part, it tells a very good story populated by sympathetic, complex characters who have t... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
The Silence In Between
Compellingly beautiful
The Silence In Between is a beautiful but heartbreaking read from a wonderful new voice in historical fiction. Being quite ignorant of the history aroun... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore
The Silence In Between
Heartbreak and Hope
This historical fiction novel is Josie Ferguson's debut and is shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize and is certainly a worthy nomination. ... READ MORE
Hayley Ralls - St Neots
The Silence In Between
An emotional punch in the gut
The Silence in Between completely blew me away - it’s not the kind of book I’d usually read, but I found myself completely captivated by the story. This is... READ MORE
Bookseller Adam, Birmingham


The Silence in Between is a historical novel based in Berlin in 1961 and during the Second World War. Lisette lives in East Berlin but brings her new-born baby to a hospital in West Berlin.

Under doctor's orders, she goes home to rest, leaving the baby in the care of the hospital. But overnight the border between East and West closes, slicing the city - and the world - in two. With a city in chaos and armed guards ordered to shoot anyone who tries to cross, her situation is desperate.

Lisette's teenage daughter, Elly, has always struggled to understand the distance between herself and her mother. Both live for music but while Elly hears notes surrounding every person she meets, for her mother - once a talented pianist - the world has gone silent. Perhaps Elly can do something to bridge the gap between them. What begins as the flicker of an idea turns into a daring plan to escape East Berlin, find her baby brother, and bring him home....

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 2928377268916
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 500g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 40 mm

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The Silence In Between
Written from a dual narrative perspective that moves between time: WW2 and 1961 when the Berlin Wall was erected, the story of Elly and Lisette is a powerf... READ MORE
Joanna Rawlins
The Silence In Between
An incredible moving debut
I loved every minute of this stunning debut; Josie so beautifully bottles the time and place of this dual narrative, bringing to life a complex mother-daug... READ MORE
Oliver Bussell
The Silence In Between
A well researched historical novel, with a backstory from the 1940s taking the reader through to the building of the Berlin Wall and its eventual fall in N... READ MORE
The Silence In Between
Breathtaking, edge of yoyr seat stuff
Set in both 1940's war-ravaged Berlin and the aftermath following the wall being built in the 1960's, this is a remarkable tale told from two perspectives,... READ MORE
Samantha Schofield
The Silence In Between
A phenomenal debut
What a phenomenal book, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. There has obviously been a huge amount of research done to ensure the detail of the ... READ MORE
The Silence In Between
An amazing sotry - and a brlliant debut
I was disapponted at the start of this book when it went back from 1961 to 1944. I read a lot of war fiction and had hoped that this book was about post wa... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
The Silence In Between
An unusual World War II story
Lisette and her family are Berliners. They're not really supporters of Hitler but neither do they actively object to his policies, thinking it nothing to d... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
The Silence In Between
Beautifully written.
This is a beautiful historical fiction read, set during both the Second World War and in Berlin during the 1960's when the Berlin Wall was constructed. It ... READ MORE
Martha Brindley
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How women suffer in troubled times!
I was totally engrossed by this meticulously researched book which taught me a lot about Berlin's history during WW2 and about the events of 1961 when the ... READ MORE
Irene Mitchell
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Bravery in the face of Adversity
I shall never forget this book. It greatly impacted me, and I have learnt a lot. Its authenticity is compelling, and how much it hurts to know the sadness ... READ MORE
Sheila Easson
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Compelling and moving
Two mothers, two daughters. Their fears, losses and traumas. Their fractured relationships in war-time and post-war Berlin both before and after the Wall. ... READ MORE
The Silence In Between
Thought provoking historical novel
A thought provoking book that should be in all school libraries. It is written over two time lines - WW2 in Germany and the building of the Berlin Wall in ... READ MORE
Helen Pugh
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Emotional and enthralling.
The Silence In Between is a well written and well researched debut novel. It's an emotional and enthralling read told from 2 points of view, over two timel... READ MORE
The Silence In Between
A moving and emotional work of historical fiction
The Silence In Between by Josie Ferguson is a moving and emotional work of historical fiction. On 13th August 1931, the border between East and West Berlin... READ MORE
Lily Greenaway
The Silence In Between
A fantastic debut!
I loved reading this book. Well… it was devastating, but I was captivated by the story and the characters. The first half of the book features two paralle... READ MORE
Eleanor Bennett
The Silence In Between
When life is fractured in two
Set in two eras, in war torn 1940’s Germany and a city divided in 1961 we follow the lives of Lisette and Elly. Exhausted mother Lisette has been in hosp... READ MORE
Elle Wilson