The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.
Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.
David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.
The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.
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A Revelation & A Masterwork
As a father of an autistic son I found this work really did lift the lid on the mysteries of the condition.
If you are touched by autism then please read this book. It will change your life as it did mine.
Heartbreaking but beautiful
Well written & really helps you to understand what is going on inside the mind of someone with Autism.
Reading this has changed my life 😀
I have a little 4yr old granddaughter who was diagnosed with high functioning autism & pathological demand avoidance. As tough as it is for her parents and us as their support mechanism this book broke my heart with an insight into the life of the hell that it must be for the child. Thank you. I now have a new understanding with the patience and courage to continue.