Imagine a world without music or conversation, without crackling fires or raindrops on window panes. Imagine a world without sound.

Greystone Books is pleased to announce it has acquired North American rights to Sound—an “exploration of silence and noise” by award-winning author Bella Bathurst. In it, Bathurst shares the true story of how she lost her hearing and eventually regained it, and what she learned from her 12 years of deafness. But Sound is more than just a personal account, according to the announcement. Through interviews with psychologists, ear surgeons, music producers, and professors, Bathurst delves deep into the science of sound to reveal insights about hearing and deafness, silence, and noise. She speaks with people who were born deaf as well as those who have lost their hearing later in life, to offer what is said to be a perceptive and wide-ranging look at what sound means to us.

Originally published in the UK, Sound was selected as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and has been reviewed by The Guardian, the Financial Times, and the Literary Review, according to Greystone Press. Greystone will publish the book in North America in Fall 2018.

This deal was facilitated by InkWell Management.

Bella Bathurst is a writer, photojournalist, and furniture maker. She has written four nonfiction books, including The Lighthouse Stevensons, which won the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award, and a novel, Special, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, and many other outlets. She lives in Herefordshire, England.

Greystone Books is a Vancouver-based trade book publisher that focuses on high-quality nonfiction.

Source: Greystone Books