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The Sound Mirror by Heidi James

The Sound Mirror

Heidi James

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Imprint: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publication date: 30 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781910422588

The Sound Mirror is an examination of class, war, violence and shame exposed through the rich details of the ordinary lives of three generations of one family.

5 stars out of 5

"This profoundly moving work with the propulsion of a thriller merits a wide readership."

The Sound Mirror is an exceptional novel, published by the Yorkshire-based indie Bluemoose, who have published only books by women this year. In the acknowledgments, James pays tribute to the influence of Mark Fisher, the late cultural theorist who took a great interest in hauntology – the manifestation of the past in the form of “ghosts” or remnants that are “neither present, nor absent, neither dead nor alive”. This might be called a hauntological novel, in the way James points powerfully to the spectres, ranging from childbirth to sexual violence, that have long haunted women and continue to echo through our experiences. This profoundly moving work with the propulsion of a thriller merits a wide readership.

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