Fancy some free quality reading? Here comes our first book competition and your chance to win a free copy from a fantastic selection of authors with just a retweet.

Meet the authors

Laura James: Odd Girl Out

Our ambassador Laura James received her autism diagnosis when she was 45. Despite forging a career for herself as a journalist and raising four children, she spent decades feeling different and trying to fit in. Laura is the first autistic woman in the UK to have her memoir published by a mainstream publisher (Pan Macmillan). Odd Girl Out highlights that ‘different’ doesn’t need to mean ‘less’ and that there is a place for all of us, and it’s never too late to find it.

Henry Normal and Angela Pell: A Normal Family: Everyday Adventures with Our Autistic Son 

Our great supporter, BAFTA award-winning film and TV producer, co-writer of the Royle Family and stand-up poet, Henry Normal, has written a memoir together with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell. A Normal Family is about life with their autistic son Johnny. The book combines humour and pathos as Henry and Angela share messy, honest, sometimes funny insights into their day-to-day lives. It’s a wonderful, warm memoir about unconditional, unconventional love.

Jessie Hewitson: AUTISM: How to raise a happy autistic child

Jessie Hewitson is a Times journalist and a parent of an autistic child. In her new book she offers parents of newly diagnosed autistic children lots of helpful, practical advice. Jessie interviewed several of experts from the National Autistic Society for her guide and joined us for a live Twitter Q&A in April. Jessie covers everything, from ways to make your home more autism-friendly; how to help your child with eating, sleeping and anxiety; how to access the right support at school; what to do when your child is having a meltdown. How, in short, to raise a happy autistic child.
David Mitchell, KA Yoshida and Naoki Higashida: Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

Our friend David Mitchell, author of the award-winning Cloud Atlas, has, together with his wife KA Yoshida, translated the sequel to the acclaimed The Reason I Jump by autistic author Naoki Higashida. Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 is a portrait of Naoki as he enters adulthood.  David Mitchell, who also has an autistic son, provides personal introductions to each chapter.

Naoki’s autism is labelled ‘non-verbal’, and he wrote this first extraordinary book when he was only 13 years old - painstakingly, using an alphabet grid.

In Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 we meet a clear-eyed young man learning to co-exist with a mind and body not always at his beck and call. The title of the book is borrowed from a Japanese proverb about the merits of persistence, and offers experience, advice, and hope.

Rachael Lucas: The State of Grace

The State of Grace, is a YA novel written by autistic author Rachael Lucas. It’s a first person account of Grace, a teenage girl on the autism spectrum, who wobbles around family and school life with everyday sensory overload and social awkwardness. Grace’s story of self-discovery was inspired by Rachael and her daughter’s autism diagnosis. 

Rachael is an author, a certificated mindfulness coach and a regular speaker at festivals and conferences, including our Women and Girls conference in 2017.