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Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism

Author : Naoki Higashida


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The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism' by Naoki Higashida is one of the most remarkable books ever published, not just for its subject matter but how it came to be available, as a book, in English. In the form of a series of questions and answers, Naoki - a confident, sparky thirteen year old Japanese boy - describes what it is like to have autism. Out of this relatively straightforward format, however, emerges a sometimes heart-breaking, but brilliantly inspiring story of an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances, who has the imagination, the intelligence and dreams of every child - but yet deserving of our patience and understanding. Unable to speak, Naoki wrote the book using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts which were collected and edited together. The book was then translated - equally painstakingly - by bestselling novelist David Mitchell (author of The Cloud Atlas) and his wife Keiko Yoshida, who themselves have an autistic child. In doing so, it is a unique and powerful door into the autistic mind. It's a truly amazing book, and deserves the widest possible readership.