Whether it is managing pressure and anxiety, ending a relationship or dealing with addiction, we need to find answers to many complex questions. Knowledge and knowledge alone are not enough to help, however, and in Sarah Ransome’s compelling novel, Silenced No More, she explores different ways to “listen and understand how each person sounds,” in order to offer more informed responses to people who have been silenced.
Sarah Ransome is a PhD student in the School of Psychology at the University of Manchester. For this novel, she draws on the unique and powerful work of people who had been silenced throughout history, whose voices remain silenced today. For some, silence can be used as a tool for control, a tool for power, a tool for manipulation. For others, silence can be used as a tool of empowerment and the voice that is missing from their memories can be reclaimed.
Silenced No More is a complex story about learning and learning to listen. Words cannot enter your mind until they are heard, and true understanding comes through empathy and understanding. Sarah Ransome captures the complexity of the story she tells in a way that shows, through the voices of victims and those who are silenced, how essential to her characterisation and compassion is empathy and understanding.