On World Autism Awareness Day, read Kathy Lette’s incredible book The Boy Who Fell From Earth

by |April 2, 2013

Today on World Autism Awareness Day, bestselling author Kathy Lette has written a moving article about her son’s challenges with Autism. Part of it can be seen below.

Kathy’s book based on her experience with Autism, The Boy Who Fell To Earth,was one of best books of 2012, don’t miss out on your chance to grab a copy today.

Told with Kathy Lette’s razor-sharp wit, this is a funny, quirky and tender story of a mother’s love for her son – and of a love affair that has no chance of running smoothly.

Meet Merlin. He’s Julia’s bright, beautiful son – who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin’s father, the reserved, cerebral workaholic Jeremy, left them in the lurch shortly after Merlin’s diagnosis, Julia has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging son, Julia doesn’t have room for any other man in her life… so why bother trying to find one?

When Julia realises she’s becoming increasingly cynical about life in general, she finally resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Things don’t go quite to plan, yet just as Julia is resolved to a life of singledom once more, the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Jeremy, begging for forgiveness and a second chance…

About the Author

Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote ten international bestsellers including Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows and How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints). Her novels have been published in fourteen languages around the world. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Click here to buy The Boy Who Fell To Earth from Booktopia,
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My Son Shines In The Dark

ONE grey, rainy London day, my 11-year-old son arrived home from school with his shirt torn and hair matted. There was a sign sticky-taped to his back. It read: “Kick me, I’m a retard.” I ripped it off in fury as a tidal wave of frustration and pity surged through me. “The other kids called me a moron,” he whispered, his wide blue eyes filling with tears. “What does that mean? Am I a moron, Mum?”

Trying to protect a child with special needs from being bullied is like trying to stop ice melting in the desert. There were calls to the school, meetings, promises of closer scrutiny in the playground. But basically, when it comes to defeating bullying — particularly when your child is an obvious target — a parent might as well be standing up to Voldemort with a butter knife.

New research, published in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine last week, suggests that more than half of all teenagers with an autism spectrum disorder are bullied at school, compared with an estimated 11 per cent of children in the general population. It also reveals that the problem is largely ignored.

This certainly chimes with my experiences. My son Julius (Jules) was diagnosed with autism aged three. Autism is a life-long neurological disorder, chiefly characterised by an inability to communicate effectively, plus inappropriate or obsessive behaviour. Not getting a joke, not knowing what to say then saying the wrong things, being told off but not understanding why, doing your best but still getting it wrong, feeling confused, left out, frightened, out of synch, all day, every day — that is the reality of life for someone on the autistic spectrum.

Read the rest of the article at – http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/my-son-shines-in-the-dark/story-e6frg6z6-1226610469665

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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