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Breaking the Silence

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781473606029

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 26th February 2015

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

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Imagine for a moment that you have never heard the voices of those you love, the music on the radio, the sound of birdsong at dawn nor the persistent passing traffic on the road you walk down. Now imagine that the lips that you have watched moving, the faces that you have smiled at, the words that you read in front of you all slowly start to disappear too. It’s hard to comprehend isn’t it?

Jo Milne had already lived a lifetime surrounded by silence, profoundly deaf from birth, when she began to lose her sight. Just before turning thirty, Jo was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic and progressive condition that will one day rob her of her sight altogether.

Although at this lowest ebb, Jo suffered from deep depression, she has always been determined to live her life to the full. Jo has never let her disabilities affect the way she embraces life however there was always so much that she was missing. In 2014 she made a life-changing decision to undergo major surgery. She had cochlear implants fitted allowing her to hear for the first time. Every moment of Jo’s days since the operation has become a journey of discovery.

She has been able to hear the voice of her own mother who has stood by her and helped her through some of her darkest moments. She has heard birds sing, people chatting and the sound of children laughing. She is embarking on an incredible journey through four missed generations of music – from the hymns she missed in school assembly to sweeping orchestral performances, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to the music of this very moment and everything in between.

Breaking the Silence is a remarkable and beautifully written memoir that will serve as an inspiration to everyone who reads it. By turns, heart-breaking and heart-warming, it is the incredibly uplifting life-story of a woman who refused to give up hope and always lives life with a smile upon her face.


A quietly devastating book about disability and a moving memoir about growing up in a warm and loving family... At the heart of the book is the experience of what it is like to hear for the first time... Her book will inspire us. Jo is a remarkable woman and a wonderful writer, and Breaking the Silence demands to be widely read.
Mail on Sunday
The book is so beautiful, the story is so wonderful.
Lauren Laverne
A fascinating insight into the challenge of living with a disability.
extremely moving
Sunday Express
Her memoir of a life lived in light and darkness, silence and sound, is bright with her courage and humanity.
The Times
One woman's inspirational story that will make you appreciate your sense like never before.
The Sunday People
How a woman born deaf took the gamble of her life and escaped a world of silence...The joy of the piano. The echo of her footsteps. Even the hum of the fridge. How one woman's inspiring story will make YOU appreciate the sounds you take for granted.
Daily Mail
An incredibly moving and inspiring story
Evening Chronicle
Jo's story is inspiring. We are so touched and humbled that 'One Day Like This' is a part of it.