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Odd Girl Out
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From early childhood, Laura James knew she was different, but it wasn't until her mid-forties that she found out why. A successful journalist and mother to four children, she had spent her whole life feeling as if she were running a different operating system to those around her. This book charts a year in her life and offers a unique insight into the autistic mind and the journey from diagnosis to acceptance. Drawing on personal experience, research and conversations with experts, she learns how 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how it's never too late for any of us to find our place in the world. Laura explores how and why female autism is so under-diagnosed and very different to that seen in men and boys and explores difficulties and benefits neurodiversity can bring.
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A powerful memoir about dealing with a diagnosis of autism in womanhood.

About the Author

Laura James is an author, PR professional and journalist. She lives with her husband, two of her four children and their dogs in North Norfolk. Since her diagnosis she has worked closely with the National Autistic Society.

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There are so many myths about what it means to be autistic and Laura tells her story beautifully and truthfully. You will live every moment with her, feel her pain and want to right the wrongs. Some books make a big difference, this is one of them. It should be read by everyone. -- Natasha Harding, the Sun A moving, lucid account of feeling different and 'other', Odd Girl Out is an invaluable insight that allows you to see the world through autistic eyes. -- Get the Gloss Laura James has dug deep into her 'differentness' and emerged with a book of breathtaking honesty, humour and insight. Odd Girl Out is a brilliant antidote to all the cliches and misinformation surrounding autism -- Stephen Sackur, journalist and presenter of BBC HARDtalk An important, touching and incredibly honest book with a wry sense of humour, which challenges the preconceived ideas people have about autistic life. -- Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed With a Kiss and The State of Grace

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