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Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and Found

Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and Found

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

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ISBN 9781781257753
Barcode 9781781257753
Published 24 May 2017 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Hardback, Main
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Series Wellcome
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ISBN-13 9781781257753
ISBN-10 1781257752
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Wellcome Collection
Publication Date 24 May 2017
International Publication Date 4 May 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Bathurst, Bella
Series Wellcome
Category Biography & Autobiography
Social & Cultural History
Disability: Social Aspects
Audiology & Otology
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 395g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Deafness, Deafness - Social aspects, Sound, Hearing
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 362.42092
Catalogue Code 739981

Description of this 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for Bella Bathurst: 'Bella Bathurst has built a lamp herself: it illuminates the work of a literary hero, a family business, a habit of mind and a Scottish period ... from the summit of this first terrific book she looks to become one of the best biographers of her generation' -- Andrew O'Hagan The Times 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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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.

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