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Silence is a Sense by Layla AlAmmar

October 30, 2020

‘Silence is a Sense opens the door on lives we need to hear more about. Lyrical, moving, revealing, it made me understand better the very human need for safety and contact’ Tracy Chevalier

A young woman spends her days watching the neighbours through their windows. She is a refugee, who has seen the failure of the Arab Spring in her homeland and who has been traumatized into silence by her brutal journey from Syria to Britain. 

As an outsider, a mute voyeur, she sees everything, she hears everything: the love, the fighting, the families, the secrets, the lies, the sex, the shame.  Slowly drawn into the community that surrounds her, she begins to come to terms with all she has lost. After a brutal attack on the local mosque, she realises she is the only witness to the truth behind the violence. But will she finally speak of all she’s seen? 

Rear Window meets Exit West, this beautifully written novel tells the powerful story of one woman’s trauma and her gradual healing.

Published 4th March 2021 | Hardback | 9780008346652 | RRP £14.99

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of Silence is a Sense please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.

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