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Those Who Will Not See [Paperback]

Lauren Woodcock , Sarah Hill
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22 July 2013
A young boy’s life path is changed forever when he receives the diagnosis every parent fears. Matthew Pickering has always known that he is different. Loud noises never seem to pierce other people’s ears the way they do his, or bright lights burn their eyes as intensely as they do his own. Other people are not stared at in the same way as him, or mistreated to quite the same extent, simply for being themselves. Although the word ‘autistic’ may mean very little to four-year-old Matthew, it is set to take on great meaning for him throughout his teenage years, and into his adult life. Facing judgement and discrimination from society is an everyday occurrence for Matthew, but when those whom he loves the most seemingly turn against him too, his life begins to take a dramatic downwards spiral. With a whirlwind of emotions he doesn’t even understand controlling his unusual and violent behaviours can anything, or anyone, save Matthew from himself?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481181351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481181358
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Woodcock was born in Sheffield, United Kingdom in 1987. By the age of seven, her life was notably different to those of her school friends, with her younger brother being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, encouraging her to grow up quickly and assume the role of caring and responsible older sister.

Her brother's condition instilled a deep-seated will to help others in a similar situation, and in 2005 she began a four year degree at The University of Sheffield in 'Speech Science', which covered a range of disabilities and difficulties, including Autism. In 2010 she took on her first full-time role as a Speech and Language Therapist, working in a home for young adults with Autism and Severe Learning Disabilities; helping them to make their wants and needs known, and their voices heard.

It was also in 2010 when Lauren decided to take her long-standing passion for reading and writing into a new project, and began to pen the first sparks of what would later become her debut novel, Those Who Will Not See. The 50,000 word novella (then named Great Minds Think Differently) was written within a month, and focused on the early adulthood of Matthew Pickering who, diagnosed with autism at an early age, was trying to survive in a society not designed for him.

Having networked with a range of editors, Lauren broke Great Minds Think Differently down into its key components, and spent the majority of 2011, while continuing her full-time employment, expanding and elaborating its structure and plot. Three new protagonists were added in to tell their own versions of events, and Matthew's childhood and adolescence were explored, creating a coming of age story with an unusual twist. The new title Those Who Will Not See was given to represent the blindness and ignorance society often has towards individuals with disabilities.

The next chapter in Lauren's own life began in June 2012, when her daughter Ellie Rebecca was born. While on maternity leave she ignored the advice to 'sleep when she sleeps', and instead began to 'write when she sleeps', allowing her to finally complete the writing and editing phase of her now full-length novel.

Those Who Will Not See was published for e-readers in November 2012, and in paperback in June 2013. It has since received high acclaim for its stark depiction of living with autism, both personally and through family members. It was recommended in The Sunday Times in October 2013 as 'a great read and a perceptive insight into that much misunderstood condition, autism', and went on to receive 'Number One Best Seller' status in Amazon's Special Family Needs sector.

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Lauren is currently working on her next project while juggling a busy family and work life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mindblowingly brilliant! 4 Jun 2013
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mindblowingly brilliant!

I have just finished reading this book after getting it as a free download off amazon.


I am gutted....gutted that it had to end, I wanted it to go on forever. I feel a massive hole in my life where Matthew used to be. This book is brilliantly written and shows the reader how people with autism might feel and also the impact their disorder has on those around them. I work in a school and will be far more understanding of how those children are truly feeling after reading this book.

An insightful masterpeice that I will tell everyone I meet to read!

Thank you so much for writing it and sharing your brilliance with everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational - 9 Dec 2012
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A truly inspiring read, this book gives a real understanding of autism from Matthew's perspective to the point that you feel you are almost inside his head! You can feel his frustration, his black and white, completely literal take on life and his pain and fear when he isn't totally in control of situations and his surroundings.

The chapters alternate between Matthew's narrative and that of his parents and sister - whose lives are all deeply affected by Matthew's autism, but also have many personal complications too.

The book is cleverly written to keep the reader interested and wanting to discover what happens next. It not only opens a door to understanding autism and the descrimination associated with it, but explores numerous different aspects of relationships, between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and even bullies. It touches on the numerous ups and downs of daily life - from marriage breakdowns and re-marriages to teenage friendships, love and forbidden affairs.

A riveting read - I couldn't put it down from beginning to end and will never look at someone with autism in the same light again. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I saw 7 May 2014
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Heard about this in a national paper, bought and read in 2 days as I have similar issues. Would recommend if asked
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and thought-provoking book 6 Feb 2014
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This book is about a boy with autism and its written with humanity and care from someone who clearly understands (from both a personal and professional standpoint) this condition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit frustrating 30 Nov 2013
By Pixie
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I have a profoundly autistic niece so have watched , listened and helped in her journey against every organisation/authorities. The poor young man featured in this book is so poorly supported by his family and the authorities it makes uncomfortable reading. As the book is written in the first person Matthew can be well understood and his literal understanding of world can be amusing. What a shame those closest to him didn't fight for him as a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Real & Emotional 7 Nov 2013
By aranyos
The writer captured what was/is her life in a sensitive way!

Having read the book I was left feeling sad, happy, excited and encouraged.

This book gives a clear account of how autism affected the person and their family as a whole.

Simple yet powerful reading!

It's a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Those who will not see 21 Oct 2013
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Great book,it makes you realise how much each person can achieve ,no matter what life throws at you and how hard it can be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
As mum to a son who has autism I am always a bit wary of fictional autistic characters. In this book Matthew has an authentic voice and the difficulties that he and his family... Read more
Published 10 months ago by jof
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw my child in this book.
I would recommend this book to anybody who has a child, even if they don't have a learning difficulty it may just make you see things differently.
Published 12 months ago by joanne ardington
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, interesting and well written book
Very interesting subject matter, well written and enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the subject of autism
Published 15 months ago by Alison Halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Great book, informative and worthwhile read. Really depicts the struggles of living with autism. Heartbreaking in places but also gives hope too.
Published 15 months ago by Chills
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding hope with a friend called Matthew...
Let me say first of all that this is not normally my kind of read. As a confirmed Sci-Fi / Biography / True Crime kind of guy, this would normally have passed me by. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Scouser Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insightful read
Being a teacher who works with children with autism it really opened my eyes to how they view the world. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MissHill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for understanding more about autism
An excellent read to understand the literal mind of a child/young man with autism. The book helped me understand a lot more about families and autism.
Published 20 months ago by Woody
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