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The Silent Book


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The Silent Book will be revelatory for most of us, as we learn of the history of a 'threatened' language once so vital in Australia. It is a fascinating tale in diverse ways: in its closeness to the colonial and rural context of its protagonists, its respect for indigenous naming and knowledge of that same landscape, its careful introduction of the reader to a chronology of thinking about deafness and ways of educating deaf children. It adds another rich element to the extraordinary story of those 19th century lay and religious builders of Catholic community in Victoria and NSW. With all this, at its heart The Silent Book is a moving account of family life and love and hopefulness. MARGARET COFFEY BROADCASTER AND JOURNALIST, MELBOURNE It is a fine book...from the imaginative entry into the experience at being deaf, to the telling of the family story... the author tells of her quest and recounts the history in a cool and objective tone. There will be many grateful readers. EDMUND CAMPION AUSTRALIAN WRITER The prose is like a river with sunlight glinting off every ripple. There's something about it that's persuasive and makes the reader - at least, me - read on. MARTIN FLANAGAN THE AGE A beautiful sensitively written account of two hearing families, their resilience, faith, heartbreak and joy and the three generational journey to find their identities, languages and cultures. PETER BONSER SOCIAL WELFARE WORKER / PROFESSIONAL AUSLAN INTERPRETER / CODA

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