Song of Silence is the eighth book published by Ian Prattis and is his first novel. It was first written in 1975. Soon forgotten, yet rediscovered in 2011. The author dug it out of a filing cabinet where it was gathering dust. Modern technology enabled the yellowing typed manuscript to be transformed into a computer ready document. It required attention to spelling and typos yet surprisingly nothing further – it stands pristine as when it was first written. It is an allegory for the life difficulties experienced by the author at that time. The surprise was how could he have written such a book while in a desperate state of mind? The author was a real mess – with a failing marriage in the Hebrides and trying to keep a career going at Carleton University in Canada. He was not doing a good job with either.