Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only 13, 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
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An extraordinary account of how autism feels from the inside.
Observer||The most remarkable book of the year. The book throws a pontoon bridge over the chasm dividing autistic and neuro-typical experience.
Spectator||The Reason I Jump reads effortlessly, each page challenging preconceptions that autistic people lack empathy, humour or imagination.
Independent on Sunday||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 freshness of voice coexists with so much wisdom . . . it will stretch your vision of what it is to be human.
The Times||[The Reason I Jump] has been impossible to forget.