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The Quiet Whispers Never Stop

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529373578

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‘Powerful’ Irish Times
‘Darkly beautiful’ Irish Sunday Independent
‘Captivating’ Jan Carson

‘Dazzling’ Danielle McLaughlin
‘Utterly absorbing’ Kit de Waal
‘Brilliantly observed’ Elaine Feeney
‘A huge achievement’ Niamh Boyce


In 1982, Nuala Malin struggles to stay connected, to her husband, to motherhood, to the smallness of her life in the belly of a place that is built on hate and stagnation. Her daughter Sam and baby son PJ keep her tethered to this life she doesn’t want. She finds unexpected refuge with a seventeen-year-old boy, but this relationship is only temporary, a sticking plaster on a festering wound. It cannot last and when her chance to leave Northern Ireland comes, Nuala takes it.

In 1994, Sam Malin plans escape. She longs for a life outside her dysfunctional family, far away from the North and all its troubles, free from her quiet brooding father Patsy, who never talks about her mother, Nuala; a woman Sam barely knew, who abandoned them twelve years ago. She finds solace in music, drugs and her best friend Becca, but most of all in an illicit relationship with a jagged, magnetic older man.

She is drawn to him, and he to her, in a way she can’t yet comprehend.

Sam is more like her mother than she knows.

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Captivating characters and stunning storytelling . . . This is going to be a huge book
Jan Carson
A courageous and openhearted testimony to an unsung generation . . . a very fine debut
Alan McMonagle
A beautifully structured, compulsive, sensual, and sometimes raw read . . . a huge achievement
Niamh Boyce
A stunning debut
Sue Divin
A vividly realised book that held me in its grip, and will command your attention
Stephen Walsh
Dazzling. The delight Fitzsimons takes in language, and the skill with which she wields it, is evident on every page. A writer of immense talent
Danielle McLaughlin
Olivia Fitzsimons writes about things that most of us are not able to think about. It is almost as if she has excavated this story from one of the most inaccessible parts of the Irish psyche
Louise Nealon
Striking . . . an urgent story of love, loss and escape
Michelle Gallen
Utterly absorbing, a novel that keeps you on the page and keeps you guessing right to the end. Taut and clever prose and a cast of characters that feel totally real. A great debut and a writer to watch
Kit de Waal
It is hard to believe that The Quiet Whispers Never Stop is a debut. Brilliantly observed, smart, bold, funny mad and devastating, Olivia Fitzsimons is such a talent
Elaine Feeney
[A] powerful, uncompromising debut
Irish Times
An exceptional debut . . . Fitzsimons is an incredibly skilful writer who infuses every scene with depth of feeling and authenticity . . . Warm, funny and sad, this is a touching and darkly beautiful book
Estelle Birdy, Irish Sunday Independent