If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was published by Bloomsbury in 2002.
Set on the last day of summer in 1997, on a street in an inner-city neighbourhood, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things explores the lives and relationships of people who don’t even know each other’s names. Students coming home at dawn; an old man painting the window-frames of his house; children playing in the street, a young man packing his possessions and getting ready to move away; barbecues, cricket, music, arguments, rain, and the whole day building towards a shocking climax which will be remembered some years later by a young woman who was there and now finds a reason to look back.
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and went on to win the Betty Trask Prize and Somerset Maugham Award. It was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (First Novel), the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and the Author’s Club First Novel Award.
- Reviews and blog-postings – including the less favourable ones.
- Further information on the book, including the sketch map of the street which featured in the Japanese translation, and a reading group guide from Bloomsbury.
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was published in the US (Amazon) by Houghton Mifflin under the Mariner imprint. You can find it on Powells here and on Indiebound here. It has also been translated into French, Dutch, German, Italian, Finnish, Russian, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese. If you happen to blog in any of these languages then contact us for a free copy to offer your readers…