Silence and Songbirds, an innocent tale of love and loss written by Jon Lawrence, is set in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island.
Tane is like any other Maori boy, until a traumatic event in his life renders him mute and withdrawn. Forced to live with the strict disciplinarian Grandma Ann on an isolated island, without love or affection, Tane eventually finds companionship from a tui – a little bird whose remarkable voice seems to speak to him. Then, one day, love comes back into his life in the shape of a young English girl who has been washed ashore on the island. As their friendship blossoms among the hills of ferns, Tane has to choose between what he loves and what is right.
This novella will transport you to an exquisite location brought alive through Jon’s evocative writing and which almost becomes a character in its own right.
Silence and Songbirds is a tale about love, loss and the mysteries which appear in their presence. A story to pull at the heart strings.
‘A beautifully written, evocative tale of love and loss’
Eva Jordan, author of 183 Times a Year.
Jon Lawrence was born in Pontypridd, Wales. He now lives in Norfolk in the east of England where he works as a writer, teacher and musician. He is affectionately known by the children he entertains as ‘The Music Man’.