A Real Boy: How Autism Shattered Our Lives - and Made a Family from the Pieces Paperback – 28 Feb 2008
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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 is a television critic, author and journalist. He began working as a journalist in 1983 and currently holds the position of Daily Mail TV critic, writing daily reviews of the previous night's viewing from Monday to Friday.
He has written 6 books and is the father of two teenage boys.
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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 ›
My child is 11 years old, we are facing difficulties currently with his mental state and our journey is a hard one. Reading the account of David written from Christopher Steven's point of view gave me an honest insight into their family unit expressing the dramatic difference of both children and the constant commitment to their youngest David. All of the aspects Stevens touched on were factual and happened, I could relate to a small handful which offered the reassurance that we are not imagining our hardship, something isn't quite right and most importantly we need to continue to push for a diagnosis.
David is a beautiful boy, and has come a long way on a very difficult journey, throughout his tale we hear some uncomfortable truths, read of heartbreaking situations and cry tears of sadness and joy. The strength of his parents and acceptance of his older brother is remarkable. People will ask 'How do you do it? how do you cope?' which is silly in itself, as a parent you are bound by unconditional love and would do whatever it took to 'cope' you live it daily continuing to focus on the positives, making the tasks manageable, simplifying as much as you can and progress forward, for me it is only natural to power on (even when I want to give up).Read more ›
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My little brother is under assessment at present for autism and this beautiful story has helped us all understand the journey we will all take with him. Read morePublished 1 day ago
I loved this book. The love that surrounds remarkable unique wonderful David is a joy to behold. I cried and I laughed and very few books impact me that way. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the voices of the parents retelling the stories of their son. I didn't know much about autism before now and I still don't! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
A superb and very loving account of Autism and real life. Beautifully written with humour and most of all love. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mr B.
I don't have a lot of experience with autistic children but I was intrigued. This family were so insightful and honest with there experience that I am fascinated to know more! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived earlier than expected. As described. Highly recommend seller 5 starPublished 1 month ago by debster
Loved this book, I have grandchildren who are autistic, but reading this book I realise how lucky we are, some things I can see in them, but they able to go to normal schools,and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Friend
Interesting book though sad how much the family had to cope with.Published 1 month ago by Kathy Collins
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