Whispers Through The Megaphone

Whispers Through a Megaphone

In a deafening world, all they needed was a bit of silence...

Rachel Elliott

Published by One (Pushkin Press) in Hardback (£12.99) on 03-09-2015

‘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)


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.

RALPH has had the opposite experience, opening a closed door and discovering that his wife Sadie doesn’t love him anymore.

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 often, all we need is just a bit of silence.


Rachel Elliott is a writer and psychotherapist. She was born in Suffolk, and now lives in Bath. Whispers Through a Megaphone is her first novel.

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