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1444776770
Paperback:The reason I jump, one boy's voice from the silence of autism:2014 Paperback
Author: Higashida, Naoki
Translator: Yoshida, Keiko
Translator: Mitchell, David
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese This translation originally published: 2013 Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only 13, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding. General adult
178 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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074995826X
Paperback:Grace under pressure, going the distance as an Aspergers mum:2012 Paperback
Author: Walker, Sophie
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Sophie Walker's daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, her world unravelled. Her high-powered job was in disarray, she couldn't sleep, often woke in tears and felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother. With extraordinary frankness, Sophie Walker shares the daily highs and lows of raising Grace. General adult
266 p. ; 22 cm (pbk)
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1405912790
Paperback:The Rosie project:2014 Paperback
Author: Simsion, Graeme C.
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not. General adult
329 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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The 3 books in the Rosie series are enlighting, informative and entertaining. Strongly recommend
01/09/20
AMM
Bedford
1785033484
Hardback:Fingers in the sparkle jar, lessons in life and death:2016 Hardback
Author: Packham, Chris
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers Radio tie-in An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him. General adult
282 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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I could not get into this book at all. I find the structure of the story line just plain boring. I am sorry Chris because I love hearing your knowledge on the wildlife programmes you are on but I have to pass on this in the praise category.
04/08/16
dolucy
Bedford
1849053545
Paperback:The aspie girl's guide to being safe with men, the unwritten safety rules no-one is telling you:2013 Paperback
Author: Brown, Debi
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Living & learning
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Debi Brown understands from personal experience the potential dangers, pitfalls and misunderstandings teenage girls and women with Asperger syndrome may face in their encounters with men. In this book, she sets out all of the need-to-know facts and sensitively yet honestly describes the more subtle social, emotional and safety issues surrounding dating, relationships and sex. Readers are guided through the practicalities of sex, and provided with helpful illustrative diagrams and sound practical strategies for staying safe in each situation. General adult
176 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (pbk)
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0747579105
Hardback:Send in the idiots, or, How we grew to understand the world:2006 Hardback
Author: Nazeer, Kamran
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: This title is a remarkably, elegantly written portrait of five autistic men and women, and what their struggles and triumphs reveal about this baffling condition and about us all.
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1405923644
Hardback:Iris Grace:2016 Hardback
Author: Carter-Johnson, Arabella
Illustrator: Tait, Alice
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles A remarkable, heartwarming true story about an autistic little girl and the cat that saved her. Iris Grace is five years old and severely autistic. For the first few years of her life she barely communicated at all and seemed to be trapped in her own world, unreachable. But when the family decided to get a cat, Thula, Iris opened up and began to communicate. The little girl who seemed to be lost in her own world slowly blossomed; Iris grew in confidence and began to explore the world around her. This led to her discovering painting - and an extraordinary talent emerged. Her exquisite Monet-like watercolour images have to be seen to be believed. General adult
367 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1780283830
Paperback:Living with Jonathan, lessons in love, life and autism:2012 Paperback
Author: Barton, Sheila
Year: 2012
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Watkins
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the heart-rending memoir of a family's journey with autism - from the dark lonely days of despair and ignorance to joy and liberation. This is a powerful plea for respecting and celebrating difference. General adult
xii, 275 p. ; 22 cm (pbk)
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0340899751
Paperback:Born on a blue day, a memoir of Asperger's and an extraordinary mind:2007 Paperback
Author: Tammet, Daniel
Year: 2007
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Born On A Blue Day' is a fascinating and touching memoir from real-life Rain Man, Daniel Tammet, who has the extremely rare condition Savant Syndrome. General adult
xiv, 284 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444769243
Paperback:When Fraser met Billy:2014 Paperback
Author: Booth, Louise
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser's life. Fraser's mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. In their home on the Balmoral Estate, Billy acts as Fraser's guardian - never leaving his side at mealtimes and bedtimes or whenever he's feeling low. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family's, and brought them lots of hilarious and touching moments along the way. General adult
310 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444824686
Large print:When Fraser met Billy:2015 Large print
Author: Booth, Louise
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Ulverscroft
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Hodder, 2014 Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser's life. Fraser's mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. In their home on the Balmoral Estate, Billy acts as Fraser's guardian - never leaving his side at mealtimes and bedtimes or whenever he's feeling low. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family's, and brought them lots of hilarious and touching moments along the way. General adult
336 pages (large print) ; 23 cm (pbk)
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1783529040
Paperback:Stim, an autistic anthology:2020 Paperback
Editor: Huxley-Jones, Lizzie
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Literature & languages
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Unbound
Resource type: Physical
Note: Around one in one hundred people in the UK are autistic, and the saying goes that if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person. Autistic people's personalities, differences and experiences outweigh the diagnostic criteria that link them, yet stereotypes persist and continue to inform a fundamental misunderstanding of what it is to be autistic. Rarely do autistic people get a chance to speak for themselves, but this insightful and eye-opening collection of essays, fiction, and visual art showcases the immense talents of eighteen of the world's most exciting autistic writers and artists. General adult
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1788701860
Hardback:In her room, how music helped me connect with my autistic daughter:[2020] Hardback
Author: Cook, James
Year: [2020]
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Lagom
Resource type: Physical
Note: During the early years of his daughter Evelyn's life, James noticed that she was strangely taken by strong colours and patterns around the house, and that at times the only way to calm down her piercing screams would be a slow, repetitive song. As the other children in their NCT group began to outstrip Evelyn, James began to suspect that she wasn't simply a 'late bloomer' (as he and his wife would tell friends and family). At the age of two, Evelyn was finally diagnosed with non-verbal autism, a severe form of autism that hinders her mental and physical development, and may have affected their relationship forever. This is an extraordinary and heartbreaking story of a father trying to connect with his daughter in the face of a life-changing disability, and how music helped bridge that divide. General adult
xv, 352 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
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1912408325
Paperback:How to be autistic:2019 Paperback
Author: Poe, Charlotte Amelia
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Resource type: Physical
Note: Poe's voice is confident, moving, and often funny, as she reveals to us a very personal account of autism, mental illness, gender, and sexual identity. Charlotte witnesses her own behaviour with a wry humour as she sympathises with those who care for her, yet all the while challenging the neurotypical narratives of autism as something to be 'fixed'. Punctuated by her poetry, this is an exuberant, inspiring, life-changing insight into autism from a viewpoint almost entirely missing from public discussion. General adult
240 pages ; 18 cm (pbk)
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1760113646
Paperback:Neurotribes, the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently:2016 Paperback
Author: Silberman, Steve
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, he provides long-sought solutions to the puzzle, while mapping out a path toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences have access to the resources they need to live happier and more meaningful lives. General adult
589 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1473656419
Paperback:A Normal family, everyday adventures with our autistic son:2019 Paperback
Author: Normal, Henry
Author: Pell, Angela
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Johnny is 19. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last 18 years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with. This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism - it's about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest, sometimes hilarious day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son. General adult
xi, 337 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0340979054
Hardback:House rules:2010 Hardback
Author: Picoult, Jodi
Year: 2010
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger's. He is locked in his own world - aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn't know how. General adult
554 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
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1785922912
Paperback:Forest school and autism, a practical guide:2018 Paperback
Author: James, Michael
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Society
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Forest School's innovative outdoor approach offers specific benefits to learners with autism, including increased social skills, raised self-esteem and improved sensory function. This guide raises autism awareness amongst practitioners by providing practical and easy-to-follow advice for adapting Forest School activities for those with autism. For those coming from a mainstream Forest School background, the author offers an introduction to autism and shows what Forest School can offer people with autism - both children and adults - with first-person accounts that highlight its success with this group. General adult
208 pages ; 23 cm (pbk)
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0552173266
Paperback:Sam and Chester, how a mischievous pig transformed the life of my autistic son:2017 Paperback
Author: Bailey, Jo
Author: Kelly, Ruth, (Ghostwriter)
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Sam Bailey-Merritt was just two years old, almost overnight he lost the ability to communicate or function. His mother, Jo, was at a loss as to what to do as she saw her son grow increasingly isolated and begin to suffer from uncontrollable meltdowns. Eventually, Sam was diagnosed with autism. Sam's condition continued to worsen and, just when Jo had all but given up hope of being able to help him, the family went on a day trip to a nearby miniature pig farm. Sam immediately bonded with a tiny ginger piglet called Chester, who stood sad and alone, apart from the rest of the litter. The connection between the boy and the animal was immediate and their unusual friendship blossomed from the moment the family brought Chester home. The tiny pig refused to leave Sam's side - it was as if he knew that Sam needed a friend. General adult
324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1408349922
Paperback:The boy who steals houses:2019 Paperback
Author: Drews, C. G.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Young adult novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he's ever known. Now Sam's trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he's caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing - each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him. Teenagers
346 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444754424
Paperback:House rules:2013 Paperback
Author: Picoult, Jodi
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger's. His mother expects other people not to understand. But she doesn't expect Jacob to be charged with murder. General adult
603 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008342539
Hardback:A place for everything, my mother, autism and me:2020 Hardback
Author: Wilson, Anna
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Anna grew up in a house that was loving, even if her mum was 'a little eccentric'. They knew to keep things clean, to stay quiet, and to look the other way when things started to get 'a bit much for your mum'. It's only when her mother reaches her 70s, and Anna has a family of her own, that the cracks really start to appear. More manic. More irrational. More detached from the world. And when her father, the man who has calmed and cajoled her mother through her entire life is diagnosed with cancer, the whole world turns upside down. This is a story of a life lived with undiagnosed Aspergers, about the person behind the disorder, those big unspoken family truths, and what it means to care for our parents in their final years. General adult
ix, 374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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147135511X
Large print:Rubbernecker:2013 Large print
Author: Bauer, Belinda
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: Large Print
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Windsor
Resource type: Physical
Note: Thoughtful, but different, and infuriating even to his own mother, Patrick Fort's life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. Soon he is uncovering a crime that everybody else is too close to see. General adult
336 pages (large print) ; 25 cm (hbk)
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1509843825
Paperback:Odd girl out, an autistic woman in a neurotypical world:2018 Paperback
Author: James, Laura E.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Health & welfare
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bluebird
Resource type: Physical
Note: What do you do when you wake up in your mid-40s and realise you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself? Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. This title tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it. General adult
225 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1785033506
Paperback:Fingers in the sparkle jar, a memoir:2017 Paperback
Author: Packham, Chris
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him. General adult
376 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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