How To Be AutisticCharlotte Amelia Poe
As we follow Charlotte's journey through school and college, we become as awestruck by their extraordinary passion for life as by the enormous privations that they must undergo to live it. From food and fandom, to body modification and comic conventions, Charlotte's experiences through the torments of schooldays and young adulthood leave us with a riot of conflicting emotions: horror, empathy, despair, laugh-out-loud amusement and, most of all, respect.
For Charlotte, autism is a fundamental aspect of their art and identity. They address their readers in a voice that is direct, sharply clever and ironic. They witness their own behaviour with a wry humour as they sympathise with those who care for them, yet all the while challenging the narratives of autism as something to be 'fixed'.
'I wanted to show the side of autism that you don't find in books and on Facebook. My story is about survival, fear and, finally, hope. There will be parts that make you want to cover your eyes, but I beg you to read on, because if I can change just one person's perceptions, if I can help one person with autism feel like they're less alone, then this will all be worth it.'
This is an exuberant, inspiring, life-changing insight into autism from a viewpoint almost entirely missing from public discussion.
Author: Poe, Charlotte Amelia
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Dimension: 178mm X 111mm