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User Review  - jody12 - LibraryThing

There is no denying that Lette’s sense of humour is quite unique and you either love it … or not, but unlike many of her novels, she addresses some important issues in this particular book. Being the ... Read full review

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User Review  - hashford - LibraryThing

Drawing from the author’s own experiences of raising a child with Aspergers syndrome, this book is the fictional account of a mother struggling to bring up a boy with autism on her own after her ... Read full review

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User Review  - SmithSJ01 - LibraryThing

I found it difficult to sustain complete interest in this book and made the decision to spend a few consecutive hours reading it in order to finish it quicker; this was the only way for me of enjoying ... Read full review

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The Boy Who Fell To Earth is the thirteenth novel by Australian author, Kathy Lette. Lucy’s marriage to Jeremy is perfect: he’s rich, intelligent and attractive; she’s witty, funny and attractive. But when their son Merlin is diagnosed, at the age of three years, as autistic, Jeremy runs off with his lover, a buxom TV chef, and the divorce is poisonous. Lucy is left, financially disadvantaged, to raise her special needs boy with minimal support.
This may all sound very depressing, except that Lette has such a clever turn of phrase that the book is filled with humour, much of it, of course, black. As Lucy describes her frustration in dealings with the bureaucracy of the social service world and the education system, as well as single parenthood of a special needs child, she elicits many laughs and the odd lump in the throat. Merlin is definitely the star of this book: more of the boy and less of his mother’s sex life (or bemoaning the lack thereof) would have gained this tale a higher rating. A funny and very witty read.

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