Out of the Silence

Out of the Silence

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'What we are suggesting is nothing,' the man mutters darkly, as I pass through the door and into the brightly lit hall. 'Nothing. Far worse can happen.'

Far worse.

I have a baby, two shillings, no reputation and nowhere to go, but even so I cannot imagine what far worse might be.

Out of the Silence is the stunning tale of three women from very different worlds: Maggie Heffernan, a spirited working-class country girl; Elizabeth Hamilton, whose own disappointment in love has served only to strengthen her humanity; and the remarkable Vida Goldstein, the suffragist who was to become the first woman to stand for Parliament. When Maggie's life descends into darkness after a terrible betrayal, the three women's lives collide.

Out of the Silence powerfully evokes the plight of women in the early 1900s - not least their limited options, whatever their class and education. However, at its heart this is a story of love - of love gone wrong, its compromises and disappointments, but ultimately of its extraordinary transformative power.
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Product details

  • 132 x 122mm | 68g
  • Bolinda Audio Books
  • Tullamarine, Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0655654631
  • 9780655654636

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'This is a work of intelligence and talent informed by a deeply humane sensitivity.' -- Sydney Morning Herald
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About Wendy James

Wendy James is the celebrated author of eight novels, including the bestselling The Mistake and the compelling The Golden Child, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Award for crime. Her debut novel, Out of the Silence, won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award for first crime novel, and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie award for women's writing. Wendy works as an editor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and writes some of the sharpest and most topical domestic noir novels in the country. Abbe is one of Australia's most recognised mainstream voice actors, known for her versatility and character ability. She's been a voiceover technique coach and demo producer for over 15 years, teaching the mastery of voiceover for both commercial and non-commercial work, character voices and audiobook narration. Abbe's a proud member of the Equity Section of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) where she has a position on the MEAA board. She has also worked on screen, producing and performing in two short films.
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