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Journalist Maha leaves England for Cairo to report on the uprising. But it's not just professional interest that convinces her to go. Something deeper stirs, a compulsion to discover her roots in the country of her birth. But why does her adoptive English mother Pippa seem so opposed to the idea, so troubled about letting her go?

Back in England her mother Pippa has a journey of her own to make, back into her past, to her time in Egypt. Pippa's letters to her daughter should explain everything.

This is a beautifully crafted first novel which charts a young woman's journey to find her origins against the dangerous backdrop of the Egyptian uprising. She vividly evokes the Egyptian setting in a way which awakens all the senses. There is tragedy in these pages but also joy and ultimately this is an uplifting read. a fine novel which has much to commend it.


A joy to read - very moving story and unexpected ending. Couldn't put it down. Thoroughly recommend!


One of the best novels I've read in a long time. An informative description of the political situation in Cairo is interwoven into a moving story which is gripping to the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.


I could not put this book down! It starts with a powerful prelude that draws you into this book. Jo Jackson uses beautiful descriptive language to depict vivid scenes of Egypt and this country as she keeps you in suspense as to how the story will develop. As a reader you are fully engaged with the characters in the story. A thoroughly good read, well written and I highly recommend 'Too Loud a Silence' to you.


Fantastic book. I think this book will stay with me for a while. Couldn't put this book down. Heartbreaking twist at the end. Beautifully written in a world where political unrest is rife, this story shows the very human side of it all. Amazing first novel.


I loved everything about this book - great backdrop, great characters, unexpected ending - it was one of the few books I have had to stay awake to finish.


A wonderful story and beautifully written. Left wanting more.