Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
Allen and Unwin

About the book

Sonam and the silence by Eddie Ayres and Ronak Taher

In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden?

A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician, author and broadcaster Eddie Ayres, about the irrepressible power of music.