Odd Girl Out: Being an Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 28, 2017 - Autism - 320 pages
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What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realize you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. This book tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it.Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise. Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood.This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.

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After wondering all her life why she seemed different from other people, in her mid-forties Laura James was diagnosed with both Ehlers-Danlos and Asperger’s (and I suspect she may have synesthesia ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Laura James is an author, PR professional and journalist. She lives with her husband, two of her four children and their dogs in North Norfolk. Since her diagnosis she has worked closely with the National Autistic Society.

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