This week’s five books is from Ann who blogs over at Rainbows are too beautiful. Today she is sharing her five brilliant books with awesome autistic characters.
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So… Over to Ann
Some people wonder if Sherlock Holmes had Asperger’s Syndrome, it’s difficult to tell if this fictional character was designed on the autistic spectrum. However, there are many absolutely brilliant novels which are designed to include, and in my opinion are better for, their autistic characters. It was hard to narrow it down, but here’s my top five.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
If you haven’t read the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, stop reading this immediately and go read it. It’s an award winning book that has been made into a west-end stage sensation. When a neighbours dog is mysteriously killed in the middle of the night, Christopher Boone feels he won’t be safe until he finds out who did it. But Christopher is no ordinary fifteen year old.
He is going to take his Maths A level early and ace it, he doesn’t understand why people do things, can’t be touched and hates the colour yellow. Follow Christopher as he uncovers far more than he was looking for and how he copes when he must venture outside his known world.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This hilarious feel-good book is based around its main character Don Tillman, a genetics professor whose difficulty with social interactions has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. Until he embarks on a new project. One that will find him the ideal partner. And then of course there is Rosie, an unsuitable prospect who needs his help. If you are more the romance reader this is the book for you.
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Less rom-com more sci-fi? The Speed of Dark is a book set in the future, where most genetic ‘defects’ are eliminated at birth. Think GATTACCA meets Divergent. Lou Arrendale was born a little too early to benefit from all science has to offer and is now a part of a small group of high-functioning autistic adults who have had to learn to adapt, to fit in. But a new ‘treatment’ has been created for autistic adults. Lou has to consider if he will have ‘corrective’ surgery and wonders if the change will make it easier for Marjory to love him back?
The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
When Rupert’s son, Rowan, turned two he suddenly seemed to change, withdraw and was soon diagnosed with autism. His parents lives centered around looking after Rowan. Then one day he was introduced to their neighbour’s horse and so began his family’s trek to Mongolia looking for a way to connect with their son.
M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin
Actually written by girls on the autistic spectrum, M is for Autism draws on their real life experiences to create a warm and funny novel that highlights the ups and downs of being different in a world of normal. It’s all about M who wants to be just like her teenage peers. Except they always seem to know what to say and what to do. M feels like she comes from a different planet.
Thank you Ann – The Rosie Project is actually one my bedside table to read – I think it’ll be my next book!