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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 44 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book How To Be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe
    How To Be Autistic - by Charlotte Amelia Poe

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781912408320 | ISBN 10: 1912408325

    An urgent, funny, shocking, and impassioned memoir by the winner of the Spectrum Art Prize 2018, How To Be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe presents the rarely shown point of view of someone living with autism.  Poe’s voice is confident, moving ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown
    The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me - by Keah Brown

    £12.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781982100544 | ISBN 10: 1982100540

    From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.  Keah Brown ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman
    The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman's Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home - by Katherine May

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781409172512 | ISBN 10: 1409172511

    Perfect for fans of The Salt Path and The Outrun, this book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.  In August 2015, Ka ... more

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    I'm Only In It for the Parking: Life and Laughter From the Priority Seats - by Lee Ridley

    £14.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781787631472 | ISBN 10: 1787631478

    What’s the worst thing about being disabled? Is it the shameless staring? Is it that people assume you’re a bit thick because you can’t speak? Or is it that your friends always take you to theme parks just so they can jump the queues?  In f ... more

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  • Cover image of book Funny, You Don
    Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum - by Michael McCreary

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781773212579 | ISBN 10: 1773212575

    Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for ju ... more

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  • Cover image of book Freaks Like Me by Georgina Peterson
    Freaks Like Me - by Georgina Peterson

    £7.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781788785952 | ISBN 10: 1788785959

    Georgie was just a typical teenager when it happened; she was studying hard for a place at her dream university and having fun with her friends on weekends. She always knew what was coming next. She had her entire life planned, until one night and on ... more

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  • Cover image of book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism by Barb Cook and Dr Michelle Garnett
    Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism - by Barb Cook and Dr Michelle Garnett

    £15.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781785924347 | ISBN 10: 1785924346

    Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man
    Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism - by Naoki Higashida

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781444799101 | ISBN 10: 144479910x

    Following his ground-breaking international bestseller The Reason I Jump, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young man.   Naoki Higash ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst
    Sound: A Story of Hearing Lost and Found - by Bella Bathurst

    £8.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781781257760 | ISBN 10: 1781257760

    'By the summer of 1998, it had become clear that there was something wrong with my hearing. It didn't happen suddenly but softly, so softly I almost wasn't aware of it happening; sound seemed to have stolen away ...'   For twelve years, Bella ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir by Anand Prahlad
    The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir - by Anand Prahlad

    £16.50   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781602233218 | ISBN 10: 1602233217

    Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyrical, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story.   For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silenc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark by John Hull
    Notes on Blindness: A Journey Through the Dark - by John Hull

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781781258590 | ISBN 10: 1781258597

    'It's a gift. Not a gift I want, but it is a gift'   Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M. Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, plunged into darkness, unable to distinguish any sense of light or ... more

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  • Cover image of book Switched On: My Journey from Asperger
    Switched On: My Journey from Asperger's to Emotional Awareness - by John Elder Robison

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781786070388 | ISBN 10: 1786070383

    Imagine hearing the words of a song but not feeling the passion that lies within. Imagine living for years with someone in need and not being able to sense their sadness. Imagine your world turned upside down...   Like so many others, John Elder R ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fitting In by Colin Thompson
    Fitting In - by Colin Thompson

    £15.99   hardback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785920462 | ISBN 10: 1785920464

    Have you ever felt like you don't fit in? By the time Colin Thompson was twenty five, he knew that he never would, nor did he want to.   In this bracingly honest, moving, and very funny illustrated memoir, Colin reflects on finding his own At ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
    Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home - by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781551526003 | ISBN 10: 155152600x

    A transformative memoir by a queer disabled woman of colour and abuse survivor. In 1996, poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, carrying only two backpacks, caught a Greyhound bus in America and ran away to Canada. She ended up in Toronto, where sh ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Blind Man of Hoy by Red Szell
    The Blind Man of Hoy - by Red Szell

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781910124222 | ISBN 10: 1910124222

    'From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds. That was in 1983 when I was thirteen. Wi ... more

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  • Cover image of book What the **** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez
    What the **** is Normal?! - by Francesca Martinez

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780753555354 | ISBN 10: 0753555352

    What do you do when youre labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? In a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for mental breakdown, and women over size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves, what the **** do ... more

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  • Cover image of book Disability Histories by Susan Burch and Michael Rembis
    Disability Histories - by Susan Burch and Michael Rembis

    £21.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780252080319 | ISBN 10: 0252080319

    A new classroom-oriented collection that reconsiders and redefines the field. The field of disability history continues to evolve rapidly. In this collection, Susan Burch and Michael Rembis present essays that integrate critical analysis of gende ... more

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  • Cover image of book El Deafo by Cece Bell
    El Deafo - by Cece Bell

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781419712173 | ISBN 10: 1419712179

    A 2015 Newbery Honor Book   Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic n ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Reason I Jump: One Boy
    The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism - by Naoki Higashida, translated by K.A Yoshida and David Mitchell

    £8.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781444776775 | ISBN 10: 1444776770

    A rare and important insight into the mind of an autistic child. 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 a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Don
    Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back - by Harilyn Rousso

    £17.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781439909379 | ISBN 10: 1439909377

    "I've known Harilyn Rousso as a powerful activist and gifted artist, but with this revelatory book, she becomes something even rarer: a storyteller who conveys her uniqueness and so helps us to discover our own. Don't Call Me Inspirational is irresis ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Disability History of the United States by Kim E. Nielsen
    A Disability History of the United States - by Kim E. Nielsen

    £13.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780807022047 | ISBN 10: 0807022047

    The first book to cover the entirety of disability history, from pre-1492 to the present.   Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place the experiences ... more

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  • Cover image of book Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero by Jessica Thom
    Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero - by Jessica Thom

    £12.00   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780285641273 | ISBN 10: 0285641271

    It is the hippies of outrageous fortune that weigh heavy on the minds of dogs,  Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome, which means she makes sounds and movements over which she has no control. Jess swears shes one of ab ... more

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  • Cover image of book George and Sam by Charlotte Moore
    George and Sam - by Charlotte Moore

    £10.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780241956601 | ISBN 10: 0241956609

    George and Sam are autistic. For their mother Charlotte Moore, writer of the Guardian's 'Mind the Gap' column, that means they can be as much a source of trouble as joy. The boys will only eat certain foods, have no sense of danger, listen obsessivel ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Woman Who Thought Too Much: A Memoir by Joanne Limburg
    The Woman Who Thought Too Much: A Memoir - by Joanne Limburg

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781843547037 | ISBN 10: 1843547031

    An intensely honest, riveting and surprisingly witty literary memoir of one woman's life as a sufferer of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Joanne Limburg thinks things she doesnt want to think, and does things she doesnt want to do. As a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir by Terry Galloway
    Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir - by Terry Galloway

    £14.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780807073315 | ISBN 10: 0807073318

    When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucin ... more

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  • Cover image of book What to Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam
    What to Look for in Winter - by Candia McWilliam

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099539537 | ISBN 10: 0099539535

    Candia McWilliam had just joined the judging panel of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2006 when she started to lose her sight. The gradual onset of blindness seemed like an assault especially tailored for someone whose life consisted of reading a ... more

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  • Cover image of book What
    What's That Pig Outdoors? A Memoir of Deafness - by Henry Kisor

    £18.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780252077395 | ISBN 10: 0252077393

    An updated version of the memoir that changed perceptions of the deaf.   Henry Kisor lost his hearing at age three to meningitis and encephalitis but went on to excel in the most verbal of professions as a literary journalist. This new and exp ... more

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  • Cover image of book Not Stupid: One Mother
    Not Stupid: One Mother's Fight to Give Her Autistic Children the Quality of Life They Deserve - by Anna Kennedy

    £7.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781844547845 | ISBN 10: 1844547841

    When Anna and Sean Kennedy discovered that one of their sons had asperger's syndrome and that their other son was autistic, they were truly devastated, but their family's troubles were just the beginning. Turned away by no fewer than 26 special needs ... more

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  • Cover image of book Defying Disability: The Lives and Legacies of Nine Disabled Leaders by Mary Wilkinson
    Defying Disability: The Lives and Legacies of Nine Disabled Leaders - by Mary Wilkinson

    £18.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781843104155 | ISBN 10: 1843104156

    This book tells the stories of nine disabled leaders who, by force of personality and concrete achievement, have made us think differently about disability. Whatever direction they have come from, they share a common will to change society so that di ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Hands To Hold and No Legs To Dance On: A Thalidomide Survivor
    No Hands To Hold and No Legs To Dance On: A Thalidomide Survivor's Story - by Louise Medus

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781906373573 | ISBN 10: 1906373574

    While the battle for the compensation of Thalidomide victims was raging in the 1970s, former Labour MP Jack Ashley asked in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then 11 years old, could look forward to 'laughing and loving with no hand to hold and no l ... more

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  • Cover image of book Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger
    Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's - by John Elder Robinson

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780091926335 | ISBN 10: 0091926335

    From the age of three or four years old, John Elder Robinson realise that he was different from other people. Unable to make eye contact or connect eith other children, by the time John was a teenager his odd habits and eccentric pranks had earne ... more

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  • Cover image of book Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
    Born on a Blue Day - by Daniel Tammet

    £9.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780340899755 | ISBN 10: 0340899751

    'I was born on 31 January 1979 - a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing.'  Like the character Hoffman portrayed, he can ... more

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  • Cover image of book Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism by Kamran Nazeer
    Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism - by Kamran Nazeer

    £12.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780747585657 | ISBN 10: 0747585652

    When he was four years old Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York alongside other children diagnosed with autism. Here they received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Kamran is now a policy adviser in W ... more

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  • Cover image of book Touch and Go Joe: A Adolescent
    Touch and Go Joe: A Adolescent's Experience of OCD - by Joe Wells

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781843103912 | ISBN 10: 1843103915

    Have you ever found yourself worrying about the gerns on a door handle or counting the number of stairs at home? Do you avoid the cracks between paving stones as you walk down the street? Imagine what it would be like for these compulsions to dictate ... more

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  • Cover image of book Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
    Animals in Translation - by Temple Grandin

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780747566694 | ISBN 10: 0747566690

    Animals in Translation is the culmination of Temple Grandin's extraordinary life's work, drawing upon the latest research, her distinguished career as an animal scientist, and her own experience of being autistic. With co-author Catherine Johnson, G ... more

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  • Cover image of book Thinking in Pictures - And Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
    Thinking in Pictures - And Other Reports from My Life with Autism - by Temple Grandin

    £10.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780747585329 | ISBN 10: 0747585326

    The idea that some people think differently, though no less humanly, is explored in this inspiring book.  Temple Grandin is a gifted and successful animal scientist, and she is autistic. Here she tells us what it was like to grow up perceiving t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Elijah
    Elijah's Cup - by Valerie Paradiz

    £14.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781843108023 | ISBN 10: 184310802x

    From her first inklings of Elijah's difference, to her discovery of a whole spectrum of another way of life that includes everything from civil rights organizations for autistics to Asperger artists, Valerie Paradiz describes how she decided to cross ... more

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  • Cover image of book The World I Live in by Helen Keller, edited and with an introduction by Roger Shattuck
    The World I Live in - by Helen Keller, edited and with an introduction by Roger Shattuck

    £9.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781590170670 | ISBN 10: 1590170679

    Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller's most personal and intellectually adventurous work one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements.  Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind ... more

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  • Cover image of book Living the Good Life With Autism by Edgar R. Schneider
    Living the Good Life With Autism - by Edgar R. Schneider

    £17.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9781843107125 | ISBN 10: 1843107120

    His discovery only in retirement that he has high-functioning autism provided Edgar Schneider at last with an explanation for his many differences, explored in Living the Good Life With Autism.  In this book he takes up the story, telling of his ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Boy Who Loved Windows by Patricia Stacey
    The Boy Who Loved Windows - by Patricia Stacey

    £10.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780470869796 | ISBN 10: 0470869798

    In 1997, writer Patricia Stacey and her husband, Cliff, learned that their six-month-old son, Walker, might never walk or talk, or even see or hear. Unwilling to accept this grim prognosis, they embarked on a five-year odyssey that took them into alt ... more

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  • Cover image of book I
    I'm Not Naughty - I'm Autistic: Jodi's Journey - by Jean Shaw

    £14.99   paperback   (2002) - ISBN 13: 9781843101055 | ISBN 10: 184310105x

    Jodi Shaw was a happy, lively, loving baby who, at the age of eighteen months, suddenly changed into the toddler from hell. He became withdrawn, lost all language, refused to play, avoided physical contact, could not concentrate or be still, and acq ... more

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  • Cover image of book A History of Disability by Henri-Jacques Stiker
    A History of Disability - by Henri-Jacques Stiker

    £23.95   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780472086269 | ISBN 10: 047208626x

    The increasing numbers of scholars, policy-makers, and political activists who are concerned with questions of physical and cognitive disability will warmly welcome Henri-Jacques Stiker's book, the first to attempt to provide a framework for analyzin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl by Donna Williams
    Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl - by Donna Williams

    £13.99   paperback   (1998) - ISBN 13: 9781853027185 | ISBN 10: 1853027189

    Donna Williams was a child with more labels than a jam-jar: deaf, wild, disturbed, stupid, insane... She lived within herself, her own world her foreground, ours a background she only visited. Isolated from herself and from the outside world, Donna w ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Left Foot by Christy Brown
    My Left Foot - by Christy Brown

    £8.99   paperback   (1990) - ISBN 13: 9780749391775 | ISBN 10: 0749391774

    The autobiography of Christy Brown, a victim of cerebral palsy who was born and raised in Dublin, and died in 1981.  He recounts his childhood struggle to learn to read, write, paint and finally type, with the toe of his left foot. ... more

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