The Silence of Water

Sharron Booth

Based on a true story, Edwin Salt is sentenced to death after murdering his wife but, after a very public outcry, secures Queen Victoria’s mercy and is instead transported to Australia. There he starts a new life, marries and becomes a father, burying the secrets of his origins. Decades later, his granddaughter Fan is living an idyllic family life until her mother announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Fan’s grandfather – a man her mother has never spoken of before. Resentful about moving, Fan takes to snooping among his possessions, looking for the truth about the fragments of story Edwin has shared. What she unearths is a dreadful secret that leads to an inevitable reckoning.

Fans of Australian historical fiction (such as the work of Kate Grenville) may be naturally drawn to this.

- Books+Publishing

Beautifully and powerfully wrought.

- Amanda Curtin

Careful research and sparse, elegant prose

- Kiera Lindsey

Sample Chapter
Book Club notes
Awards
City of Fremantle Hungerford Award (Shortlisted 2020)
Release
May-2022
ISBN
9781760991340
RRP (AUD)
$32.99
Pages
232
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
UK / AUSTRALIA HISTORY

Sharron Booth

Sharron Booth has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in Creative Writing.

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