Miriam hasn't left her house in three years and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. But today she has had enough and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world.
Meanwhile,Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife, Sadie, doesn't love him and never has. And so he decides to run away. Miriam and Ralph's chance meeting in a wood during stormy weather marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship while Sadie takes a break from Twitter to embark on an intriguing adventure of her own.
As their collective story unfolds, each of them seeks to better understand the objects of their affection and their own hearts, timidly refusing to stand still and accept the chaos life throws at them.
Filled with wit and sparkling prose, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores our attempts to meaningfully connect with ourselves and others in an often deafening world - when sometimes all we need is a bit of silence.
Rachel Elliott is a writer and psychotherapist. She has worked in arts and technology journalism, and her writing has featured in a variety of publications, from digital arts magazines to the French Literary Review. She has also been shortlisted for a number of short story and novel competitions in the UK and the US. Rachel was born in Suffolk and now lives in Bath. Whispers Through a Megaphone is her first novel.
"In an over-connected world, a crisp, beguiling voice observes chaos - and conjures miracles. Elliott is an inspired observer - fresh, wry and true." (Liz Jensen, author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax)
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Every so often I come across a book that is full of surprises and wonderful characters, a book that I might easily have ignored but packs a real punch when given a chance to be read and relished. I decided to read it on the recommendation of a blogger and I'm so glad I did, because the title and the cover left me cold.
The story is a relatively simple one, but the characters and the plot are so engaging that I felt hugely satisfied at the end but very sad that there was no more to come. The author's background in psychiatry is plain to see in the character's motives and actions but she handles her characters with aplomb and the prose style is wonderful - economic, but with a good deal of flair.
Give it a go - you will fall in love with the world the author creates. The narration is excellent.
One of my favourite reads of 2016.
A wonderful story beautifully read