A Real Boy and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
A Real Boy: How Autism Sh... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Get this book fast, expedited shipping available. We guarantee the following - No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Very little wear and tear.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.34
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

A Real Boy: How Autism Shattered Our Lives - and Made a Family from the Pieces Paperback – 28 Feb 2008


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£9.99
£9.95 £0.01
£9.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • When you trade in £15 or more you’ll receive an additional £5 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for the next time you spend £10 or more.

Frequently Bought Together

A Real Boy: How Autism Shattered Our Lives - and Made a Family from the Pieces + The Reason I Jump: one boy's voice from the silence of autism + Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Edition
Price For All Three: £29.77

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £0.34
Trade in A Real Boy: How Autism Shattered Our Lives - and Made a Family from the Pieces for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.34, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books; 1st Edition edition (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843172666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843172666
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Christopher Stevens writes poignantly about life with his autistic son. It's a moving account of the boy's struggle to cope with a world that confuses him - and the extraordinary leap forward that gave them all hope. -- Daily Mail, February 26, 2008

"This wonderfully honest book tells us a great deal, not only about autism, but also about the extraordinary tolerance and unselfishness that is borne out of unequivocal love. At the same time, it reveals some uncomfortable truths about the struggle it takes to access the rights of those with disabilities in our so-called civilized society." -- Jane Asher, President of the National Autistic Society

"incredibly moving" -- The Sun, 15 Feb 08

By turns harrowing, humorous and inspirational.
-- Bournemouth Daily Echo, 27th June 08

About the Author

Christopher Stevens has been a sub-editor and reporter at the Observer for ten years and has ghostwritten several celebrity autobiographies. Nicola Stevens is a Connexions advisor. Together they have two sons.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By purplepolly on 3 May 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I don't often take the time to write reviews but really wanted to write this as a thank you to the authors, David's parents. I work with families affected by autism and as such have read plenty of 'textbook' accounts. However, these don't capture the harsh realities that face many families. David's parents have taken the time to write about the difficulties they have faced but also about the joy and love they have for their child. This isn't a book with a cure or a happy ending but it still managed to make me smile as well as feel the despair of the David's parents when continuously faced with challenges and barriers. It is an account that will stay with me and I hope help me to work with a greater understanding. Thanks to Christopher and Nicky for sharing your story.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cyberseraphim on 16 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
A very moving and interesting account of living with autism. I liked the way the vulnerability and the fragility of David's life was shown with such love and poignancy. Often (unintentionally) autistic children are protrayed as frightening destructive creatures because they don't understand the rules of life. This book showed us, as far as is possible, how the world looks from the point of view of the child.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rory J. G. Kidd on 10 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
The extended title of this book suggests a depressing tale - not so! Certainly the reality of living with an autist is described but in the most upbeat way.

I absolutely loved this account. Since the diagnosis of our son in September, I have kept notes of his progress and it was absolutely fascinating to see how much of our experience mirrors this Chris and Nicky's.

My catch phrase is that autism is not an intuitive condition, so to read such vivid accounts of off the wall situations which we have lived through too was really uplifting.

I loved the style of this writing; I laughed out loud at the experience with the woman's skirt and slapping the bald man's head; incredibly we've experienced very similar. As parents of autists, we need to be able to laugh and get back into the (figurative) driving seat; this book helped me gain some perspective and put me back in control ... who wants to feel a victim?

I loved how A Real Boy brought to the fore thoughts I hadn't even realised; how I miss not hearing anything about school, how I too, hold my son by the wrist, how very powerful the words from the sibling about the condition are and the importance of participation in the school nativity, to list just a few.

One big difference between our experience with our son and the Steven's experience with David is that of DVDs. To use the Steven's metaphor; DVDs to our son are as heroin to an addict such is his obsession. So, whilst the introduction of DVDs worked well for the Nichols, in our case, I'm sure they have shaved years off my life! I can cope with hours, days ..weeks even ... of fast forwarding and rewinding Rosie and Jim and other favourites on video... but watching £14.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Autism Mother on 23 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the most true to life, well written book form a parents perspective that I have read. I am a mother of 2 autistic children and i can relate so well. This book has helped me & I have recommended it to countless others. If you have a child or are a carer a relative or even someone with just an interest, this is the book you should be reading.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mousey on 14 May 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My husband & two of my children are autistic (My youngest is severely non verbal autistic) So my heart really went out to this family. It was a brilliant read & I've passed the book on to loads of my family & friends who have all said they now understand autism a lot better.

I do know from first hand experience that not all A.S.D children/adults are the same. Still.. I would highly recommend 'A Real Boy' to anyone. Especially anyone who has no idea how hard life with an autistic child can be. While at the same time, the huge amount of joy an autistic child can bring & knowing that seeing the world through different eyes isn't all that bad.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan E. Green on 10 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very good insight into autism, its opened my eyes to this condition. This would be an excellent read for anyone with an autistic child. Chris and Nicky tell a lovely story of outstanding patience with their very active son. They both have a very good sense of humour and seem to see the funny side of what life throws at them.
An incident in their car in chapter 9 got me laughing so much that tears were running down my face, I even had my husband laughing at what I was reading out to him. Yes, there are lots of laughs and also some tears in this very moving story. I have enjoyed this book very much. Highly recommendable to everyone.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Weir on 31 May 2009
Format: Paperback
this book made me laugh out loud & cry when i least expected to. it certainly opened my eyes & made me think twice about how we as a society can at times be extremely judgemental when faced with children behaving in an unconventional way. would recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a different approach to the understanding of living with autism and goes some way to viewing disability as whole, but it not written in a depressing way . I think that every trainee social worker, teacher and doctor should read this to understand the everyday and long term frustrations of parenting a severely disabled child and society's attitude towards their often uncontrallable child, the highs and lows, delighting in every little achievement, their struggles to cope and how it affects every single thing they do,. They have so much love to give and David is so lucky to have the support he needs. His life could have been so different. I couldn't help feeling sorry for James, his older brother who has had to understand that his brother is different and cannot play like a normal boy and he too has had to make many sacrifices.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback