SHTUM by Jem Lester - Review
This is a book about a profoundly autistic boy and his family's struggle to secure an ideal residential school for him. I assumed that the title would refer to the child's silence, but it is all about the secrets and lies that families keep. From his mother, to his father, to his old Jewish grandfather, they all maintain a silent facade to cope with his disabilities. One of the most moving books I have ever read, it had me in tears several times over. Nevertheless, there is plenty humour and above all, hope. A fabulous book, well worth reading. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this from gransnet.