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Introversion Has Its Limits

Adam Mars-Jones: ‘Essayism’, 8 March 2018

Essayism 
by Brian Dillon.
Fitzcarraldo, 138 pp., £10.99, June 2017, 978 1 910695 41 8
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Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found 
by Bella Bathurst.
Wellcome, 224 pp., £8.99, February 2018, 978 1 78125 776 0
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Proxies: A Memoir in Twenty-Four Attempts 
by Brian Blanchfield.
Picador, 181 pp., £9.99, August 2017, 978 1 5098 4785 3
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... free to leave the house and to go for a walk, with the author in tow. That’s what happens in Bella Bathurst’s Sound, which starts and ends with sections of memoir that describe her own experience of hearing loss, and uses the intervening chapters to explore issues related to deafness both journalistically and essayistically. This structure has the ...

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