The Crime Writers’ Association

Historical Dagger 2023


Sarah Smith

Hear No Evil

Published by: John Murray Press

In 1817, a young deaf woman was seen throwing a child into the Clyde. The case was taken up by Robert Kinniburgh, from Edinburgh’s Deaf & Dumb Institution, a pupil of the man who first developed British Sign Language. So much is history, but Sarah Smith breathes life and humanity into it, illuminating the plight of the deaf in the very early days of understanding and sympathy.

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