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George and Sam [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Moore
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Charlotte Moore has three children: the two oldest, George and Sam, are autistic; the youngest Jake is not. In this extraordinary book, which combines personal memoir with the most recent known information on this most fascinating and elusive of conditions, she describes the circumstances of their birth, behaviour, diagnosis, treatment - and brilliantly conveys what daily life is like for a family with autism. It's an invaluable book for anyone with an interest in childhood and child development.

About the Author

Charlotte Moore was brought up in Battle, Sussex, in the Tudor house where she now lives with her three sons. She read English at Oxford before becoming a teacher for twelve years. She is now a freelance author, and has written three novels as well as a long-running column for the Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2297 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 May 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XE4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
First of all, I found this book to be a very good introduction to life with autistic children. Having said that, I don't think that anyone should be put off by thinking that it is only for those who know or have autistic children. It is a highly entertaining and involving story...
This book revolves around the lives of two autistic boys and their younger non-autistic brother. They live with their mother, the author of the book. Although it does discuss the many controversial issues surrounding autism, such as the MMR jab, the book is not just about the issues or indeed the medics surrounding autism. It is about the lives of the whole family and network of friends and helpers. With an introduction by Nick Hornby, the father of an autist, the book lacks nothing it set out to achieve, it is eye-opening and entertaining simultaneously.
A great and informative read!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight into living with autism 18 May 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This is an extraordinary and inspiring book. Charlotte Moore is the mother of three boys, two of them autistic. This is her account of living with children who can see no reason not to finger-paint with their own excrement, stay awake all night long, or climb on the roof to rip off and fling down the tiles. Moore last had an unbroken night’s sleep fourteen years ago.
But the book is anything but grim ( in fact, it is often extremely funny), and is written without a trace of self-pity or complaint. Moore does not see herself as either a victim or a heroine – though readers will see her as one. For her, her children are true individuals, loved so dearly that even their differences from “neurotypical” children are celebrated.
This is not because Moore is sentimental about the condition, or her children. Indeed, she is able to be so accepting of their behaviour, and find so much compensating richness in their peculiarities, partly because she is so tough-minded and clear-eyed. She wastes no time bemoaning the children George and Sam might have been or regretting the genius she thought she had when George was a toddler (heart-breakingly, George was extraordinarily precocious, able before his second birthday to recognise all the letters of the alphabet and recite poetry from A Child’s Garden of Verses). She recognises that her autistic sons are not ‘normal’ children trapped within their disability – to be released by some miracle cure; they are autistic through and through. “I learned, long ago, that loving children like these had to be unconditional. That’s true of loving all children, actually, but with autism you quickly learn that you can’t look for gratitude or reciprocity…This wasn’t a hard lesson to master.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight into the world of autism 12 May 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This is an inspiring book. Charlotte Moore is the mother of three boys, two of them autistic. This is her account of living with children who can see no reason not to finger-paint with their own excrement, stay awake all night long, or climb on the roof and fling down the tiles. Moore last had an unbroken night’s sleep 14 years ago.
But the book is anything but grim (in fact, it is often extremely funny), and is written without a trace of self-pity or complaint. Moore does not see herself as either a victim or a heroine – though readers will see her as one. For her, her children are true individuals, loved so dearly that even their differences from “neurotypical” children are celebrated.
This is not because Moore is sentimental about the condition, or her children. Indeed, she is able to be so accepting of their behaviour, and find so much compensating richness in their peculiarities, partly because she is so tough-minded and clear-eyed. She wastes no time bemoaning the children George and Sam might have been or regretting the genius she thought she had when George was a toddler (heart-breakingly, George was extraordinarily precocious, able before his second birthday to recognise all the letters of the alphabet and recite poetry from A Child’s Garden of Verses). She recognises that her autistic sons are not ‘normal’ children trapped within their disability – to be released by some miracle cure; they are autistic through and through. “I learned, long ago, that loving children like these had to be unconditional. That’s true of loving all children, actually, but with autism you quickly learn that you can’t look for gratitude or reciprocity…This wasn’t a hard lesson to master.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ,a honest book about Autism 24 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
I finally got to read this amazing and wonderfully written,book about George and Sam.As a mother, of a nine year old daughter with autism ,I have read many a book on the subject.I could relate to so many of the stories,that are written in such a honest and loving way.This should have been one of the first books I read instead of all those miracle stories that give people such a false sense of hope about the future.I found so much of the book to be helpful,in terms of understanding the diagnosis and how the writer describes her sons daily struggle and her own.I am passing this book on to all of my friends who want know what it REALLY is like.A BRILLIANT BOOK.Go buy it today!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mothers journey with her two autistic sons
Well written from the heart. An interesting read for anyone who has an autistic child or knows someone and wants to be more informed of what it is like.
Published 12 months ago by S A Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all parents!
I cannot recommend this fabulous book enough, I am both a parent and a special needs Teaching Assistant in a mainstream primary school and have found this book to be both... Read more
Published 17 months ago by L. Stainton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, very entertaining and witty
I've bought this book after reading a newspaper column by the Author and have not been disappointed. Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by A. Gannicliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars George and Sam
This book was delivered in good time and quality was very good. No marks, bends or creases. Would use this seller again.
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and frank insight
There is no autism in my family. I had no reason to read this book, but was drawn to it. Charlotte Moore was clear in her introduction that this book does not offer any magic... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Perry Royston
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Insightful
Charlotte Moore's sons George and Sam are autistic. This extremely entertaining and very brave memoir describes Moore's experiences of bringing up the two boys, along with their... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Kate Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and unsentimental
I have an interest in Autism, but only by virtue of befriending one or two people with the condition, and was recommended this book by one such friend with Asperger's. Read more
Published on 3 July 2010 by BrynG
5.0 out of 5 stars George and Sam
This is an excellently written book and a good read in a general way, but particularly with regards to autism as it is very insightful. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel that I know them
From the moment I read an excerpt of this book in Nick Hornby's review, I fell in love with the author's writing style and her family. Read more
Published on 19 April 2007 by Yvonne Eve Walus
1.0 out of 5 stars I Take Issue With This
George and Sam, both of whom have autism are two of three sons this author had. George, born January 26, 1990 appeared to develop normally the first 2 years of his life. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2007 by BeatleBangs1964
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