Beautifully written and original, A Sign of Her Own shines a light into a hidden corner of history. Ellen Lark's story is one that will resonate with anyone who has struggled to fit in. A fantastic novel.
An accomplished debut that excellently conveys the experience of being deaf in a hearing world. A Sign of Her Own gives a fascinating insight into a moment in history when the invention of the telephone was poised to connect countless people, yet deaf communities were being silenced by a movement against the use of sign language. Beautifully written, absorbing and illuminating.
Marsh's debut is an astonishing achievement, delving readers into the mind of a woman who lives in silence but whose mind bursts with a fierce intelligence and wit. A sobering look at the way people with disabilities were treated in the past, as well as an inside view of one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time. Remarkable
A beautifully written tale of a woman's quest to find her own place in the world, and have her own voice heard; elegant, eloquent, and passionate
In this ambitious debut, Sarah Marsh paints a landscape of history that is unforgettable. Through the eyes of a deaf woman, we experience the isolation, confusion, and victories of living in a world of silence, while being given a story of one of the greatest scientists of our time. A triumph!
Sarah Marsh pulls off the difficult feat of showing the hearing reader how it feels to be deaf, in a fascinating and moving historical novel that cleverly intertwines history and fiction. Beautifully written, it stayed in my mind long after the last page was turned
A vivid, tender exploration of language and its power. In A Sign of Her Own, Sarah Marsh draws us into a hidden world of silence, capturing in the process something fundamental about our longing to be understood
An absorbing depiction of a turning point in history, and a young deaf woman's discoveries within it
Not since reading Helen Keller's A Story of My Life have I read such an evocative description on what it is like to be deaf. Sarah Marsh's A Sign of Her Own is a passionate and uncompromising story of the difficulties Deaf people face, and it doesn't shy away from the sometimes challenging politics of Deafness and Deaf Community.
A fascinating, sensitive and beautifully written exploration of deaf identity, the isolation of the non-hearing, and the way deaf people have been treated in the past
Absolutely brilliant. An important story, so beautifully told. Ellen Lark is unforgettable
An exquisite portrayal of the lonely dislocation of being deaf in a hearing world
This ambitious debut movingly conveys the isolated world of the deaf