Top Five books written by Autistic Authors
Obviously, like my other top five lists this will probably change in the next six months, but I like writing them because then I can look back over books I enjoyed that I might have forgotten about. I occasionally think about a Worst Five list but then I think that’s a very negative list to be writing – maybe if I read enough truly awful books I will compile a “Books to Avoid List”…anyway back to the positive, and number 5 on my top 5 books written by autistic people:
5. Send in the Idiots – Kamran Nazeer It’s covers some very divisive topics in the field of autism and introduces us briefly to some incredibly interesting people and their lives, all whilst following the internal thoughts of Nazeer. A powerful account of the lives of a class of autistic children after they grew up.
4. The Girl with the Curly Hair’s Visual Guide to Aspergers Syndrome – Alis Rowe A short comic book with stick-figure style drawings that is important to me for being the first book I could find that explained my autism to my partner in a way that really made sense to her. An excellent quick introduction to autism and how it can affect the way we perceive the world.
3. No You Don’t: Essays from an Unstrange Mind – Sparrow Rose Jones I found that many of Jones’ views on her autism mirrored my views – viewing autism neither as this awful thing that meant I was bad, or as this amazing wonderful gift that so many online communities seems to claim it to be. Jones is straight-forward, honest and blunt in her writings and they are incredibly interesting to read.
2. A Blessing and a Curse – Caiseal Mor In all honesty, this book ties with the next one for first place. I couldn’t decide between them. An incredible and moving autobiography by musician Caiseal Mor, following his journey through abuse, self-discovery, and adulthood with autism and dissociative identity disorder.
1. Thinking in Pictures – Temple Grandin It seems like a cliche, I know, given that she is the most famous autistic person ever, but I enjoyed this book so much that it was always going to be at the top of the top five. I loved Grandin’s writings and read through the book even faster than I normally get through books. A great autobiography and introduction to how Grandin sees the world, with more general information on autism thoughout.
So that’s my top five books by autistic authors. What are yours? Leave your answers in the comments or tweet them to me.
Until next time.