From SILENCE to MADNESS …… Pauline Schokman

The Other Side of Silence  ….. by Pauline Schokman

FIRST PUBLISHED BY KARNAC BOOKS DATE: August 2016

REPUBLISHED BY AEON BOOKS IMPRINT SPHINX: January 2019

‘Pauline Schokman proves herself to be a master of narration, moving deftly between the story of families racked with anger and pain, and the events from the past out of which that pain was born. The reader comes away from The Other Side of Silence feeling a bit different from the person who picked up the book.’ – Thomas H. Ogden, author of The Parts Left Out and The Hands of Gravity and Chance

A gripping, emotionally charged drama unfolding over a tumultuous week for Anna Mason, a Melbourne doctor: her newborn nephew’s life hangs in the balance, her parents meet after years of rage and silence, and Anna’s own heartbreak can no longer be denied. Moving, complex, but ultimately life-affirming, this book explores what happens when families are silent for generations about painful emotional truths and how lives can change when the truth is finally spoken.

Pauline Schokman was born in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, of Burgher (Eurasian) heritage. She is a general medical practitioner, psychotherapist and novelist who lives and works in Melbourne.

ISBN: 9781912573639 Republication Date: January 2019 …. 149 pages

Imprint: Sphinx ……RRP: AU$26.99 …. Category: Fiction

Aeon Books,  New College Parade, 12 Finchley Road, London NW3 5EP  UK  …. Phone: +44 20 7431 1075 Contact: Oliver Rathbone, oliver@aeonbooks.co.uk

Distributed in Au & NZ by Footprint Books ……….Available at Readings Bookstores, The Avenue Bookstores, Dymocks and Jeffreys Books in Melbourne. Available online from Amazon and other online booksellers and direct from the publisher.

A Different Kind of Madness

     By Pauline Schokman

 

     PUBLICATION DATE: March 2019

 

“A truly wonderful novel, rich with understanding and written with the simple clarity of

genius. “A Different Kind of Madness” is surely destined to become a classic. It is the

most satisfying novel I’ve read for a very long time.”

– Alex Miller, twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award

 

‘Schokman writes in an unselfconscious way even as her descriptions are remarkable for their precision of detail; each character is presented in a way that elicits compassion. This is a book not to be missed.’

– THOMAS H. OGDEN, author of The Parts Left Out and The Hands of Gravity and Chance

It is Friday the 25th September 1964 in Colombo and Greta van Buuren is excited about a party she is to attend, and a dress being created in her front room. She is unaware that her husband Jeff is planning their departure from Ceylon, and the day may see this in motion. Greta and Jeff are Burghers; a group of mixed racial origin, whose privileged life and position in society are ending as their newly independent nation struggles with bitter racial divides that have resurfaced.

A Different Kind of Madness explores many forms of conflict, internal and external, as Ceylon teeters on the brink of civil war and a family realise they must flee the country they love. In the leaving, ruptures appear in their most vital relationships.

Pauline Schokman was born in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, of Burgher (Eurasian) heritage. She is a general medical practitioner, psychotherapist and novelist who lives and works in Melbourne. Her debut novel The Other Side of Silence was published in London in 2016

ISBN: 9781912573165 PUBLICATION DATE: March 2019 EXTENT: 178 pages

IMPRINT: Sphinx RRP: AU$28.99 CATEGORY: Fiction

Aeon Books            

New College Parade               Phone: +44 20 7431 1075

12 Finchley Road                    Contact: Oliver Rathbone

London NW3 5EP                    oliver@aeonbooks.co.uk

United Kingdom

Distributed in Au & NZ by Footprint Books

Available at Readings Bookstores, The Avenue Bookstores, Dymocks and Jeffreys Books in Melbourne. Available online from Amazon and other online booksellers and direct from the publisher.

PLUS: These books can be purchased directly from the publisher Aeon who ship free worldwide. All prices on their site are in US$. They are also available on Amazon, other online booksellers and at bookshops in Melbourne. A Different Kind of Madness is available in Barefoot in Colombo.

 

See the link below

 

http://www.aeonbooks.co.uk/Author.asp?AID=21663

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3 responses to “From SILENCE to MADNESS …… Pauline Schokman

  1. Prof.Upali Illanagsekera

    Well done.From another Sri lankan living in Sri lanka

  2. Pauline Schokman

    Thank you!!

  3. Pauline Schokman

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed my book Ned, and could relate to it deeply

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