A Sign of Her Own

Sarah Marsh

A Sign of Her Own
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Headline Publishing Group
Country
United Kingdom
Published
13 February 2024
Pages
432
ISBN
9781035401635

A Sign of Her Own

Sarah Marsh

Ellen Lark is on the verge of marriage when she and her fiance 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.

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