Former journalist and teacher Jem Lester is the father of an autistic boy, whose condition has inspired him to write a novel, Schtum. Jem joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to talk about the book, followed by the first chapter of Shtum.
Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His 10-year-old son, Jonah, has severe autism, and Ben and his wife, Emma, are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separation - a strategic decision to further Jonah's case in an upcoming tribunal - Ben and Jonah move in with Georg, Ben's elderly father. In a small house in North London, three generations of men - one who can't talk, two who won't - are thrown together.