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The Silence Project

By Carole Hailey

Publishing : 9th February 2023

Publisher : Corvus

Format : Kindle, Paperback, Audio

Genre : Feminist Dystopian

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Happy Friday!!

I donโ€™t know about you but I can not wait for the weekend! I have very little plans that mostly include me doing very little ๐Ÿ˜†

I have a fabulous FLF for you this week. This snippet is taken at the beginning of the book which is the Preface to the first edition of The Silence Project: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Morris by Emilia Morris.

It has me hooked! Take a peek ๐Ÿ‘‡


๐Ÿ”ฅ In a fire, you die long before your bones ignite. Skin burns In a fire, you die long before your bones ignite.

Skin burns at 40ยฐC. Above 760ยฐC, skin turns to ash. Bones are less flammable because they need to be exposed to 1200ยฐC to burn, although long before that the layer of fat which you carry under your skin will boil. Your internal organs will explode. You will be dead even though your skeleton remains intact.

On 31 October 2011 I watched my mother burn to death. It wasn't an accident.

She built her own pyre.

She doused it in petrol.

She climbed up and stood with her legs apart, bracing herself. I didn't know what she was planning. I assumed it was another publicity stunt, which of course it was, just not in the way that I was expecting.

Mum was wearing a green dress with diagonally cut pockets.

From one of them she produced a lighter and briefly held it above her head as if it was a trophy. Even then, I was convinced she would walk away. I'm sure the press thought so, too. In those later years, Rachel of Chalkham's protests always attracted television crews, but nobody could have anticipated that they were about to witness the scoop of their careers.

I am surprised by the details I remember from that day.

I can feel the pressure of Tom's arm around my shoulders as we watched my mother. I remember the smell of his fingers as he stroked my cheek. I remember the sky was cloudless, which was unusual for an October day in Hampshire.

I remember my mother didn't look at me. Not once. ๐Ÿ”ฅ


Q| on a scale of 1-10 how much have I hooked you this Friday with #TheSilenceProject ?



Check out the synopsis below...

Monster. Martyr. Mother.

On Emilia Morris's thirteenth birthday, her mother Rachel moves into a tent at the bottom of their garden. From that day on, she never says another word. Inspired by her vow of silence, other women join her and together they build the Community. Eight years later, Rachel and thousands of her followers around the world burn themselves to death.

In the aftermath of what comes to be known as the Event, the Community's global influence quickly grows. As a result, the whole world has an opinion about Rachel - whether they see her as a callous monster or a heroic martyr - but Emilia has never voiced hers publicly. Until now.

When she publishes her own account of her mother's life in a memoir called The Silence Project, Emilia also decides to reveal just how sinister the Community has become. In the process, she steps out of Rachel's shadow once and for all, so that her own voice may finally be heard.


Have a fabulous Friday ๐Ÿ˜˜



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