The Silent Hours

Cesca Major

RRP: £12.99

4 June 2015

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782395683

RRP: £4.99

4 June 2015

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782395690

An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:

Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;

Sebastien, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;

Tristan, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss.


Cesca Major clearly knows her subject, and her descriptions of the time and setting are as brilliantly accomplished as the mystery she weaves through the book... Beautifully written and peppered with real emotion, this is a story that will linger long after reading

A beautifully written novel that will stay with you long after you finish the last page
the Sun

[A] strong debut... This is assured writing and Major is a talent to watch.Antonia Senior
The Times

A moving and evocative portrait of a little-known wartime tragedy
Sunday Express

[A] moving debut
Woman and Home

A gripping mystery, with an epic sweep, The Silent Hours is a wonderfully assured debut.Rowan Coleman, author of THE MEMORY BOOK

A gripping, fictional account of a real event in wartime France, told with a sensuous clarity. A haunting and illuminating debut novel.Wendy Wallace, author of THE PAINTED BRIDGE

The Silent Hours is an evocative and beautifully written debut. This skilfully woven story had me transfixed from the very first page. Cesca Major is an exciting new talent to watch.Amanda Jennings, author of THE JUDAS SCAR

A powerful and haunting exploration of love and loss in war.Leah Fleming, author of THE POSTCARD