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Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

By Andrew Bovell
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848420748, 96 pages, November 2009


A powerful study of infidelity and interwoven lives, filmed as the award-winning Lantana.

A woman disappears. Four marriages become entangled in a web of love, deceit, sex and death. Who will survive?

Nine parallel lives – interlocked by four infidelities, one missing person and a mysterious stiletto – are woven through a fragmented series of confessionals and interrogations that gradually reveal a darker side of human nature.


"Bovell explores love, marriage, strangeness, intimacy, trust, betrayal, obsession, self-punishment and detachment with generous emotional intelligence."

- Observer

"Clever, provocative, elliptically resonant."

- New York Times