The Penalty area by Alain Gillot (translated by Howard Curtis)

Buy at Amazon (affiliate) A heart-warming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and football. Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player but a career-ending knee injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and […]

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – an #ownvoices review

Pre order The state of Grace at Amazon (affiliate link). I’d like to introduce you to a girl. We’re going to have to pop back in time to the last 70s for this one, but I’m sure we can make it. She’s kind of scruffy, not very fashionable. Tends to frown a bit when she’s […]

A boy made of blocks – the blog tour

I read and reviewed A boy made of blocks last September – you can read my thoughts here. To summarise from then: although some parts of the ending are kind of predictable, I totally admit that I was swept up in the emotions, and may have shed a tear or two (or even a few […]

What Autism is

To me. (I can’t define it for anyone else. And if you don’t experience it, you do NOT get to define it for us or to draw us as suffering monsters. If you could refrain from that, that would be nice?) Back to me.  Actually I think you *can* see it in my face. It’s […]

Would you buy my book?

Beginning to think that all you need to do to be an expert or activist or have a voice is keep saying you are one and release a film or book. No actual expertise or experience outside your own required. I’ve a whole heap of experience. Would you buy my book? (I haven’t written it […]

On the edge of gone by Corinne Duyvis

January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll […]

Aspergers and sensory overload – my experience

You’ve probably all seen an asperger’s or autistic sensory overload without knowing what you were seeing. It may have looked like a small child having a tantrum, maybe in a shop or play area. It’s not a tantrum. It may have been a slightly older child having a strop, all flounce and bounce and anger […]

How to survive (and thrive) with a 2048 brain.

  Have you ever played 2048? It’s a horribly addictive number tile puzzle game, you slide the numbers about and they double up when they touch matching tiles. You’re trying to get to 2048, and of course if you achieve that, the target doubles. Did I mention it’s horribly addictive? Just one more go. Suddenly it’s […]

Autism, anxiety and mindfulness.

   Thursdays are hard for me at the moment because I finally started attending an autism support group. Not a carers group, a post diagnosis group for myself, to help with aspects of living with aspergers. For me, and indeed many people with ASD diagnosis, autism comes with a high level of anxiety, that feeds […]

Is this me?

Can I be defined by a set of numbers? Height 5’4″ Weight 10st 7lb Age: 42. Which coincidentally is what I’ve just scored on an autism test. Apparently 80% of adults with autism score over 32. And the one where they score 30 or less I got 17. Hm. I don’t think of myself as […]

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