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As a teenager, Harriet Shawcross stopped speaking at school for almost a year, retreating into herself and communicating only when absolutely necessary. As an adult, she became fascinated by the limits of language and in Unspeakable she asks what makes us silent.
From the inexpressible trauma of trench warfare and the aftermath of natural disaster, to the taboo of coming out, Shawcross explores how and why words fail us. A beguiling mix of memoir, history, literary criticism and investigative journalism.