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What it means to be autistic. A very rare book, a beautifully written autobiography.
A REAL PERSON
Life on the Outside
Translated by Joan Tate
From her earliest years Gunilla Gerland knew that she was 'different' – constantly fearful, preferring solitude because it was safe and unchanging, given to obsessive behaviour that provided a certain relief, scolded for things she could not help. Gunilla writes simply and frankly about herself and her attempts to find a way for herself when everything she felt and did seemed at odds with everyone else. Only at the end of the book does she come through and realise that, despite her difficulties and differences, she is in fact 'a real person'. Here, written with an outstanding ability to convey inner thoughts and feelings, is an account of autism from the inside.
A Real Person will be of immense value to families and professionals striving to understand autistic people in their care. But it also stands ...
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