9 Books About Autism
Exploring autism with Catherine Simpson
More than 1 in 100 people in Scotland have autism. To better understand this complex condition, why not explore the following books?
This list includes memoirs by autistic authors: Luke Jackson talks about adolescence with Asperger Syndrome, Clare Sainsbury describes the struggles of autistic children in school; Daniel Tammet tells of life with rare savant skills; and Temple Grandin writes about how her autism helps her understand the way animals see, think and feel. The memoir of Mary-Ann Tirone Smith describes life with an autistic sibling in 1950's New England before anyone knew what autism was. Then there are novels with autistic characters; for example, Oskar, who obsessively searches for the lock to fit his dead father's key in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; Mark Haddon’s Christopher, who solves The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; and Lisbeth Salander, the genius hacker in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Or for the history of autism, read Steve Silberman’s award-winning Neurotypes. And how about characters who could be autistic, for example Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird. Is Boo autistic? I don’t know; what do you think?
Image: Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time UK Tour. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenberg. Flickr Creative Commons.