Songs of Silence
£6.95 Out of print
Short listed for the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature, this novel is the subtle interweaving of two narrative threads.
Divided by forty years, Rhodri, a hill farmer and poet, and Owen, a doctor on sick leave from his London practice, are both living on different parts of the same mountain in Wales.
Each man knows a mute, and each in his own way begin to ponder the vast complexities of language. Eventually they discover something they had never understood - that Welsh, English, speech, sign, song, poetry, or even the inner promptings of one's own conscience, are of no consequence at all if no one listens.
"This is a distinctively different and spirited novel which will haunt its readers long after it is read."
Patricia Barrie has previously published with both Chatto and Hamish Hamilton and her novels Devotion and Rosie were higly praised :
' beautiful writing'
(Nicola Shulman,Times Literary Supplement)
' tremendously powerful writing'
(Lynne Reid Banks, Books[quote;end]
Category: Fiction Novels Historical
First published by Honno in : 1999