Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
University of Western Australia Publishing

About the book

'Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice' by Jessica White

'Hearing Maud' is a work of creative non-fiction that details experiences of deafness after losing her hearing at age four. It charts how she was estranged from people and turned to reading and writing for solace.

Central to her narrative is the story of Maud, the deaf daughter of 19th century novelist Rosa Praed. Although Maud was deaf from infancy, she was educated at a school which taught her to speak rather than sign, a mode difficult for someone with little hearing. Through Maud's story, Jessica began to understand her own experiences of deafness and their contribution to her life.