Elderly fathers, deaf husbands, irritated partners – I really identified with this book! I laughed through the tears and cried through the giggles. Desmond the ‘hard of hearing’ retired professor, his wife, his elderly father and the bizarre post graduate student all fail to communicate for a variety of reasons, leading to all sorts of misunderstandings and frustrations. The actions of the deaf may appear comic, but they can also be isolating and embarrassing. This first person journal, written with wit, style and sympathy draws you into this strange world.