by Charlotte Moore - £10.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2012)
paperback 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 obsessively to key sounds and repeatedly watch the same cartoons. They will never be like other children, let alone grow into fully independent adults.
But Charlotte - who brings them up alone, together with their brother Jake - refuses to pity herself or her sons. And in this enlightening and inspirational book she brilliantly conveys their family life: from discovering that her eldest boys are autistic and accepting that there is no cure, to describing some of the weird and hilarious rituals of their daily life. But above all, George and Sam is about how mysterious, impossible and enchanting the boys really are.
"Brilliant... the first book about autism I've read that I'd recommend to people who wanted to know what it was like."
(Price & availability last checked: April 2018)