A Sign of Her Own

A Sign of Her Own: How can a deaf woman speak out in a hearing world?

Hardback Published on: 01/02/2024
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'An exquisite portrayal of the lonely dislocation of being deaf in a hearing world' The Times'Absolutely brilliant. Ellen Lark is unforgettable' Emilia Hart, author of Weyward'Illuminating... beautifully written' Priscilla Morris, Women's Prize Shortlisted author of Black Butterflies'Fantastic. Shines a light into a hidden corner of history' Louise Hare author of This Lovely City and Miss Aldridge RegretsEllen Lark is on the verge of marriage when she and her fiancé receive an unexpected visit from Alexander Graham Bell.Ellen knows immediately what Bell really wants from her. Ellen is deaf, and for a time was Bell's student in a technique called Visible Speech. As he instructed her in speaking, Bell also confided in her about his dream of producing a device which would transmit the human voice along a wire: the telephone. Now, on the cusp of wealth and renown, Bell wants Ellen to speak up in support of his claim to the patent to the telephone, which is being challenged by rivals.But Ellen has a different story to tell: that of how Bell betrayed her, and other deaf pupils, in pursuit of ambition and personal gain, and cut Ellen off from a community in which she had come to feel truly at home. It is a story no one around Ellen seems to want to hear - but there may never be a more important time for her to tell it.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781035401611
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 680g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 40 mm

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A Sign of Her Own
Insights into the need to be heard.
I have hearing difficulties and attend lipreading classes – essential when loud music is the backdrop in restaurants and pubs. Voices get louder to counter... READ MORE
Jayne Southern
A Sign of Her Own
Interesting idea but a bit of a slog to finish
I requested an advanced copy of this book as my husband has congenital deafness and is very distantly related to Alexander Graham Bell. Also, one of the be... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
A Sign of Her Own
Interesting historical tale mixing interesting facts with a fictional heroine
Ellen Lark became deaf due to a bout of scarlet fever and this story centres around her education to deal with her deafness. As a child she and her sister ... READ MORE
Dana Farren
A Sign of Her Own
interesting concept
This was such an interesting concept for a book, and I really enjoyed the beginning with the well expressed sense of isolation and frustration Ellen was fe... READ MORE
A Sign of Her Own
At times this book was hard to follow and slow!
Ellen Lark lost her hearing when she was four years old after catching scarlet fever, she was subjected to bullying by other children in Pawtucket and her ... READ MORE
Karren's Reading Nook
A Sign of Her Own
Interesting read
This is a really interesting story, concerning the deaf community, the evolution and acceptance of sign language, and the part that Alexander Graham Bell p... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
A Sign of Her Own
A compelling read
This is Ellen Lark’s story, a fictional character. Ellen has been deaf since the age of four after contracting scarlet fever. Her family taught themselve... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley