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The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism

The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism

The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel – such as about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki’s book so that it might help others dealing with autism, and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, it gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective.

Translation © 2013 KA Yoshida and David Mitchell.

(P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
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Genre: Medicine / Clinical & Internal Medicine / Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology / Autism & Asperger's Syndrome

On Sale: 1st July 2013

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444779882

Reviews

[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget.
Ian Thomson, Books of the Year 2013, Evening Standard
The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination.
Independent on Sunday
A remarkable memoir. A touching and fascinating guide to the tangled byways of his mind. Every page dismantles another of our preconceptions about autism.
Mail on Sunday
Every page dismantles another preconception about autism. Higashida's language is precise and has a poetic quality that elevates it far beyond a self-help book for the parents of autistic children. His fictional stories, also included in this book, vary in length from a few lines to dozens of pages and are united by their beautiful simplicity. They all share a strong single theme, namely, that even if living is different and difficult, you can still find companionship and happiness. Once you understand how Higashida managed to write this book, you lose your heart to him.
Caroline Crampton, New Statesman
The most remarkable book of the year. The book throws a pontoon bridge over the chasm dividing autistic and neuro-typical experience.
Charlotte Moore, Books of the Year 2013, Spectator
This is a wonderful book. I defy anyone not to be captivated, charmed and uplifted by it. But above all, you will never feel the same about autism again.
Evening Standard
An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside.
Observer
The freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.
The Times