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The Silent Treatment


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A unique and uplifting love story about a couple who have been married for decades and haven't spoken for six months. Will be devoured by fans of Jojo Moyes, Joanna Cannon and Gail Honeyman.

About the Author

Abbie Greaves studied at Cambridge University before working in a literary agency for a number of years. She was inspired to write her first novel, The Silent Treatment, after reading a newspaper article about a boy in Japan who had never seen his parents speak to one another before.

Abbie lives in Brighton with her boyfriend.


This moving debut unpicks the secret selves of Maggie and Frank to reveal the tragic miscommunications of their broken family. It’s a pleasure to read such a stylish and confident new voice
*Louise Candlish*

Heart-breaking secrets tenderly evoked with intelligence and depth. Maggie and Frank are unforgettable characters
*Rachel Hore*

An unforgettable love story with a mystery that had me captivated until the last, heart-wrenching page. It deserves to be huge
*Catherine Isaac*

The premise alone had me, but the book itself is just heartrendingly lovely. It’s beautiful, so moving and clever. I truly adored it
*Josie Silver*

In her tremendously moving debut, a novel that pulses with emotional tension, Abbie Greaves masterfully unpicks a history of ordinary lives facing extraordinary challenges. I found it impossible to look away from the relationship at the heart of this novel.
*Gilly Macmillan*

A remarkable debut which doesn’t go where you expect it to go. I very much look forward to seeing what she writes next
*Jojo Moyes*

An original and moving debut from a talented new voice
*Santa Montefiore*

Such stunning prose, and such insight for a debut author… I was bowled over by Abbie’s writing
*Clare Mackintosh*

A tender, heartfelt portrayal of a long marriage with all its secrets. Cleverly structured and beautifully written, this novel celebrates love, hope - and the importance of finding the right words
*Lucy Diamond*

Promises a twisting plot that will reveal hidden secrets and unspoken events
*Stylist Best Books for 2020*

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