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Sound

Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pages: 224
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellbeing

Sound

Stories of Hearing Lost and Found

Bella Bathurst

An astonishing personal journey from hearing to deafness and back again helps Bella Bathurst explore what sound, listening and music mean to us

Hardback
9781781257753 (4 May 2017)
£14.99

About the book

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. She wasn't just missing punchlines, she was missing most of the conversation - and all of the jokes. For the next twelve years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and - as Bella eventually did - to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise. She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers, sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don't.If sight gives us the world, then hearing - or our ability to listen - gives us each other. But, as this engaging and intelligent examination reveals, our relationship with sound is both personal and far, far more complex than we might expect.

About the author

Bella Bathurst is a writer and photojournalist. Her books include The Lighthouse Stevensons which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, The Wreckers, which became a BBC Timewatch documentary, and The Bicycle Book, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2011.

Reviews

A book to remind us to treasure the gift of sound.

- Laura Freeman, Times

Fascinating ... Bathurst is a restless, curious writer, and she interweaves the story of her own experiences with imaginative research around hearing and sound ... After reading this book, I found myself listening in a richer and more interested way.

- Alice O'Keeffe, Guardian

This is a moving and fascinating book, all about sound and what it means to be human. It has its share of sound and fury, and benefits from a journalist's ability to listen. Many people with hearing loss, and more without, would benefit from hearing its message.

- Katy Guest, FT

A hymn to the faculty of hearing ... written with passion and intelligence ... a brave and important work

- Rupert Christiansen, Literary Review

This is a grand book doing for lighthouses what Dava Sobel's Longitude did for marine chronometers, and doing it, if comparisons are to be made, with considerably more panache.

- Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph

Additional Information

Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pages: 224
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellbeing