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The Quiet Whispers Never Stop

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Nuala Malin wants nothing more than to escape – from her brooding husband Patsy, from the farm, from the hate and stagnation that is Northern Ireland in 1982, from her life. Only her children, daughter Sam and baby son JP, hold her firm, for now, and so she finds refuge with a seventeen-year-old paper delivery boy with sallow skin and brown eyes. But this can only ever be temporary, a sticking plaster on a festering wound, and when her chance comes to leave, Nuala takes it.

Twelve years later, Sam Malin’s feels stuck, still at school with no hope of escape. The place is still rotten but there are signs of hope and change that Sam scarcely can believe. The past is always at her heels, her mother’s vanishing act the defining moment that nobody, not least her father, will ever talk about. When Sam meets a jagged, magnetic older man, she is drawn to him, he to her. She is more like her mother than she knows.

The Quiet Whispers Never Stop is a story of love, obsession and escape, an uncompromising, lyrical tour-de-force that marks the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in Irish fiction.

(P) 2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


Captivating characters and stunning storytelling, plus the dialogue is just spot on. This is going to be a huge book
Jan Carson
A courageous and openhearted testimony to an unsung generation; to a time and place of unrest in all its melting-pot manifestations . . . The Quiet Whispers Never Stop is a very fine debut and Olivia Fitzsimons is a writer to follow closely
Alan McMonagle
A tour de force, a beautifully structured, compulsive, sensual, and sometimes raw read . . . Fitzsimons has a poet's control of language, and a vivid, cinematic eye . . . a huge achievement
Niamh Boyce
A stunning debut, written with a deep sense of the patriarchal claustrophobia that pervaded the north of Ireland across two generations in the Troubles . . . This book will go far
Sue Divin
A compelling story of dark places, both exterior and interior . . . 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. Reading The Quiet Whispers Never Stop reminded me that even the most beautiful of women - especially these women - are at risk of being suffocated by a world that refuses to recognize them and alienates them from themselves and from each other
Louise Nealon