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...it is an extraordinary book: compelling, shocking, gut-wrenchingly moving... -- Jo Litson, Weekend Review
A powerful, myth-shattering vision from inside a condition that continues to baffle medical science. -- Peter Gzowski, introducing Donna Williams on
An astounding book...by a woman who has revealed a mysterious world to millions of others. -- Peter Jennings, ABC World News Tonight
As brave a book as you'll ever read. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
By turns fascinating and harrowing...a riveting autobiography -- People Magazine
What Donna says about writing Autobiography
Why write about oneself?
Everyone has a different reason.
I wrote the first of my four autobiographical works, Nobody Nowhere, on the verge of suicide after a wild half-crazy life with abuse, homelessness and ultimately hope for belonging only to find I was terrified of real closeness. I had a last inkling of hope that I couldn't truly say I'd tried my hardest to cope if I'd never fully disclosed the nature of my own private world. So I wrote out everything that mattered in my feelings and decided to give it to one child psychiatrist in the hope they could tell me what kind of mad I was and whether there was hope for answers and belonging. My intention was to then shred it, burn it and leave this world. Instead it was passed on to his colleague, then from her to her publisher, from him to an agent and from there out into the world it became a number one international bestseller. But why write three more?
My second autobiography, Somebody Somewhere is so completely different to the first and exposed a world of such different, forgotten citizens of the world, that the story had to be told, to give a voice to the voiceless, to be a starting point for solidarity and building bridges. It too became a number one international bestseller.
The third work, Like Color to The Blind exposed three very controversial areas that I felt strongly about; the visual fragmentation of visual perceptual disorders, the importance of augmented and alternative communication systems for voiceless people and the search for selfhood buried underneath stored learning, something so many people struggle with in silence until its often too late.
The fourth book, Everyday Heaven was about the simultaneous discovery of sexuality, journeys in orientation and at the same time coping with loss in a two year span in which I lost three of the closest people in my life.
So I wrote each for very different reasons, to hope and to survive, to shout and to stay sane.See all Product Description
This book arrived late but was worth waiting for. I am halfway through reading it. It gives a wonderful insight into the world of autism.Published 20 days ago by K. Ashley
This book is very thought provoking its hard to believe this was actually someone with severe autism who wrote this i also read the squeal Somebody Somewhere a truly remarkable... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2013 by lynn adamson
This is an excellent autobiography, full of fascinating and informative insights into autism. Everyone should read it and the sequel, Somebody Somewhere.Published on 21 Mar. 2012 by EML
I was pleased to have found this book at an affordable price. Books are very delicate products, and can be ruined easily if exposed to rough weather, so it's always a delight when... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2011 by richard chandler
This is quite a challenging book for me to review. It is an autobiographical account by an Australian girl called Donna who has "characters",as she terms them, named Carol and... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2011 by Iona Main Stewart
Great book.This book decribed to me so many things that are/have happened to me that I was never able to put into words for other people. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2009 by The Italian