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

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'Composed by a writer still with one foot in childhood, and whose autism was at least as challenging and life-defining as our son's, THE REASON I JUMP was a revelatory godsend. Reading it felt as if, for the first time, our own son was talking to us about what was happening inside his head.' 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 268g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1444776754
  • 9781444776751
  • 12,787

About Naoki Higashida

Naoki Higashida is 16 and was born in Kimitsu, Japan. He has won a number of writers' awards, including two first prizes in the under 17 group at the Grimm Fairy Tales Contest in Japan. He has also given talks to advocate for people with autism.show more

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[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget. -- Ian Thomson, Books of the Year 2013 * Evening Standard * The freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human. * The Times * 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 * The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination. * Independent on Sunday * 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 * An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside. * Observer *show more

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An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside. Observershow more

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