Bella Bathurst – Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and Found

John Hull spoke to us as one who had lost the power of sight. Bella Bathurst writes authentically as one who had lost the power of hearing. It becomes clear from both of these bulletins that sight and hearing are not simple recipients of data about the world: they give us powers, among others, to change the dimensions of our world, to survive perilous places, and to communicate with our fellows. They determine how we use our brains, and who we are.

Sound excavates the emotional pit experienced by Bella Bathurst during her years of increasing deafness between the ages … Read more...

Ruth Picardie – Before I Say Goodbye

Ruth Picardie’s columns in the Observer, announcing to her readership that she had breast cancer, and then chronicling her treatment and subsequent decline, were moving and unforgettable. The book collects these precious articles, all too few, and presents them against a wallpaper of Ruth’s e-mails to and from friends, together with the e-mails and letters sent by readers in response to the articles. There is an introduction and afterword by Ruth’s partner Matt Seaton, as well as the final Ruth Picardie Observer column, penned by her sister Justine following Ruth’s death.

Dying young is a sensitive topic, and at … Read more...