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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593060830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593060834
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kathy Lette can make even the toughest subjects funny. Romance and the more difficult shores of parenthood meld easily in this tender portrait of a deeply connected mother and son. Don't miss out on Lette's best book to date" (The Lady)

"A voice of truth behind the gags... This is writing that excels" (Independent)

"A funny and moving tale" (Daily Express)

"A rather searing read... While this is a departure for Lette, best known for pun-tastic romantic comedies, she's managed to weld all this darkness to her usual glittering style with surprising success" (Wendy Holden Daily Mail)

"Moving, funny and different" (Woman & Home)

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Funny yet heartbreaking, witty and wise - this unputdownable, bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart, is the wonderful Kathy Lette at her very, very best.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2012
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Deserted by her well-to-do husband Jeremy shortly after the birth of their son Merlin, diagnosed as autistic, Lucy has to battle on alone caring for Merlin while trying to hold down her job as an English teacher. When Merlin is in his teens Archie turns up on Lucy's doorstep - he's come to stay. An ageing Australian rocker the complete opposite of the refined Jeremy Archie is a mixed blessing, lazy and uncouth Lucy wants shot of him, but he seems to be able to work magic with Merlin, and maybe his magic will extend further? Inevitably Lucy succumbs to Archie's questionable charms, but no sooner does she fall into his arms than Jeremy returns claiming to be a reformed character and hoping to win back his former bride.

Lucy tells her own story of raising her difficult but adorable son, aided and supported by her widowed mother older sister and occasionally by the men in her life - that is when they are not part of the problem, men do not generally come off well here; a story that covers sixteen years.

The Boy who Fell to Earth is very well written, the sentences flow with consummate ease. Kathy Lette provides Lucy with an abundant supply of imaginative and witty similes and metaphors which go a long way to establishing Lucy's acerbic character, a character for whom sarcasm comes as second nature. Other characters tend to be fall into stereotypes: the devious cad, the good hearted rascal, the pompous snob, compassionless officials; against these Merlin is a compete contrast, open and appealing.

I found this a very funny and very entertaining novel, yet while enjoying it on one level I was disappointed with it on another. I had hoped that this would provide some meaningful insight on living with an autistic child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Pack on 23 Sep 2012
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A friend brought me this book as a present as I have a son with autism, so she thought it might be of interest. I started reading this book, but I won't be finishing it. The woman's personality irritated me no end, and her one liners, wit whatever you call it, I didn't get and her bemoaning all the time drove me crazy. The only part of the book I could relate to was the dealing with the professionals. Its a shame because this had the potential to be a great book, and the ability to support those mum's out there with special children. Pity the author didn't have friends that were more honest when she let them read the draft.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar 2012
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Previously I have only read articles by Kathy Lette. Her writing style is electrically individual and unusual; the only other writer who comes close is Jilly Cooper with her multitude of loaded clichés and double entendres. Kathy enthusiastically makes them up; almost every paragraph has a freshly minted simile, everything is `like' some other mad/ funny idea. So for me, short articles and interviews are an easier way of enjoying her zany outlook and wise cracking way. A whole book full can be a little much, overly rich; the material comes over as more suited to a fast-talking stand up comedienne. I began to rather yearn for a simple, clear, ordinary sentence.

Merlin is a masterpiece. His unique utterings work perfectly. Kathy knows her subject, I have seen and heard her being interviewed about this her latest book, and bravely for the first time she openly explains that her own son Julius, 21, has Asperger's. Her `research material was in the bedroom next door'. `People with Asperger's have no filter - they say exactly what they're thinking' she tells us. From time to time I would say she does the same...

Life with him has been the ultimate parenting challenge so her writing has an impeccable source. He has read this book and champions it as a great way for others to learn to understand kids like him. So really ringing true, the golden thread of Merlin's story takes off, lifting the reader away from the cruder, obsessive behaviour displayed by his mother Lucy. Lucy, a teacher, has no chance of a boyfriend although she does try, sometimes hilariously. Lucy/Kathy's completely understandable anxiety and fraught overwrought love for a fine, `differently able' son offers an important insight into the way things are for such families.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J L Hilverkus on 13 May 2013
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I wanted to get an insight into parenting an Aspergers child when I purchased this book. It's comprised of lists and lists of cringeworthy cliches and stereotypical characters. What a shame. If the author hadn't aimed this book at readers of chick lit, it might have been more worthy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Hardy VINE VOICE on 8 Mar 2012
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I don't normally read chick-lit - the back cover descriptions usually leave me cold and I find it difficult to empathise (or sympathise) with the fashion and sex-obsessed cardboard cut-outs that seem to people them. But I happened to catch Kathy Lette being interviewed about this book, which she described as the female-focussed counter point to Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time". Lette based the book partially on her own experience with an autistic child, although she insists that the romantic elements are purely fictional (as she is still happily married to the father of said child).

Having trained alongside teachers who worked with autistic children, parts of Lette's book are sadly all too familiar - butting heads with bureaucracy and organisations that don't see individuals only one-size-fits-all solutions. In this respect, the book is immensely frustrating, because you know that this is happening every day to people desperately in need of help.

On the other hand this is, somewhat perversely, an easy read; Lette's use of language is far from complex, although it is very earthy in places - trust me, this is not a book for prudes. Many of the characters are stereotypes (I thought disapproving mother-in-laws went out of fashion as the butt of jokes in the 1970s), but they serve their purpose as an easily accessible shorthand. There is humour, too - some of it quite black, some of it cringeworthy.

But, once you strip away the autism element, this becomes a by-the-numbers story: woman marries handsome toff, handsome toff abandons her for a trophy bimbo, woman finds happiness with gruff but kind gargoyle, handsome toff returns to sweep woman back off feet, etc. before the all too predictable ending. As a result, the book comes off as a mawkish fairy-tale wish-fulfilment meets Forrest Gump affair and is very much a wasted opportunity. I think I'll stick to watching Lette's interviews...
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