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    Publisher: Canongate

    Unspeakable: The Things We Cannot Say

    £9.99
    From award-winning journalist and film-maker Harriet Shawcross comes a deeply personal exploration of silence, taboo and how and why words fail us
    ISBN: 9781786890078
    AuthorHarriet Shawcross
    Pub Date06/02/2020
    BindingPaperback
    Pages352
    Availability: In Stock

    'Compassionate' Guardian
    'Extremely affecting' Scotsman

    As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking at school for almost a year. As an adult, she became fascinated by the limits of language.

    From the inexpressible trauma of trench warfare and the aftermath of natural disaster to the taboo of coming out, Harriet examines all the ways in which words scare us. She studies wartime poet George Oppen, interviews the author of The Vagina Monologues, meets Nepalese earthquake-survivors and the founders of the Samaritans and asks what makes us silent?

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    'Compassionate' Guardian
    'Extremely affecting' Scotsman

    As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking at school for almost a year. As an adult, she became fascinated by the limits of language.

    From the inexpressible trauma of trench warfare and the aftermath of natural disaster to the taboo of coming out, Harriet examines all the ways in which words scare us. She studies wartime poet George Oppen, interviews the author of The Vagina Monologues, meets Nepalese earthquake-survivors and the founders of the Samaritans and asks what makes us silent?