Send in the Idiots

Send in the Idiots : Or How We Grew to Understand the World

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In 1982, when he was four years old, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. Calling themselves the Idiots, these kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Twenty-three years later, the school no longer exists. Send in the Idiots is the always candid, often surprising and ultimately moving investigation into what happened to those children. Now a policy adviser in Westminster, Kamran decides to visit four of his old classmates to find out the kind of lives that they are living now, how much they've been able to overcome - and what remains missing. A speechwriter unable to make eye contact; a messenger who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle; a depressive suicide victim; and a computer engineer who communicates difficult emotions through the use of hand puppets: these four classmates reveal an astonishing, thought-provoking spectrum of behaviour. Bringing to life the texture of autistic lives and the pressures and limitations that the condition presents, Kamran also relates the ways in which those can be eased over time, and with the right treatment. Using his own experiences to examine such topics as the difficulties of language, conversation as performance and the politics of civility, Send in the Idiots is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people - all people - learn to think and feel. Written with unmatched insight and striking personal testimony, Kamran Nazeer's account is a stunning, invaluable and utterly unique contribution to the literature of what makes us human.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 30mm | 439.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747579105
  • 9780747579106
  • 1,546,383

About Kamran Nazeer

Kamran Nazeer was born of itinerant Pakistani parents and has lived in New York, Jeddah, Islamabad and Glasgow. He studied law but decided not to become a lawyer. By the time he completed his Ph.D. thesis, he had decided not to become an academic. On leaving Cambridge, he was recruited into Her Majesty's Service and now works as a policy adviser in Whitehall. He has published work in newspapers and magazines.show more

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'A fascinating read, balancing one's desire for scientific understanding with the author's own remarkable journey.' Tim Pears 'A beautifully realised, affecting book about the pressures and limitations of autism, and how, in the fullness of time and with the right treatment, they can be eased.' The Bookseller 'This remarkable piece of true-life storytelling takes as its theme not disability but humanity' Boyd Tonkinshow more

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2 8% (73)
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