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We feel like parents in a fairytale turned to stone by a curse and condemned to stand like statues with our hearts thudding in our chests as our son plays wild games, all alone in the palace. He sees us he knows us, he expects us always to be in our right places – but he has no idea that we are human too.

David is eleven years old. He is happy, healthy and affectionate. He loves school, climbing trees and Disney songs. But he's also profoundly autistic.Imagine being, like David, unable to speak more than a few words and unable to express your most basic needs. He is oblivious to danger and blind to other people's emotions, including the pleas of his parents. He is unaware of the chaos that he creates and is completely unmoved by the heartbreak that he causes.

This extraordinarily moving account describes the heartbreak, and the unexpected joy, of autism. With raw honesty, Christopher and Nicola Stevens lay bare their experiences, which are by turns harrowing, hilarious, and inspirational.Autism is often depicted as a lonely affliction but, as David's story unfolds, his parents reveal how the condition has given them an unbreakable togetherness; an insight into prejudice, as well as kindness; an understanding of life without words or language; and an intense appreciation of their children. Caring for David is an all-consuming experience…and through it they have learned, most of all, the meaning of unconditional love.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O’ Mara Books (11 May 2011)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050IE3WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Funny yet disturbing.

 on 26 May 2017
By Jadranka
Although brilliantly written, I have mixed emotions. As the great-grandmother of a little two year old boy, not yet formally diagnosed as autistic, I find this book disturbing as well as very funny at times. The author and father of the child is amazing and manages to keep such a sense of humour, but this boy is profoundly autistic – 100 times worse than our own is and has every been. But there are so many things that I recognize that it is upsetting for me to read, compare, and wonder what my granddaughter, her husband, and their other little boy of five will have to cope with for the rest of their lives. There is no doubt that David, the star if this book, is a mightily complex yet lovable character, and his parents are to be totally admired for the way they continue to look after him as love so much. They have allowed him to grow up to be himself, so he is happy, and what more can any child ask? I know that he has found, and will continue to find, life puzzling, and to his mind, ridiculous at times, which no doubt it is, and I can only hope (and indeed expect with the parents that he has) that he will continue to thrive. My heart goes out to this family and my own, whilst at the same time I am thankful that our own little boy seems to have similar, but much milder traits.

A book to make you think.

One person found this helpful.
 on 11 June 2016
By Friend
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 are doing well, thank God. I watch them growing and remember things that happened when they were younger, lots of repetition, everything had to be done in a certain way. I know of a child like David whose family are finding it difficult, but are doing everything in their power to cope with it all. Parents like these need a lot of help, which is sometimes is hard to get, even a short time on their own to relax and not have to worry and to know their child is in the safe hands of someone who understands the childs needs. I wish David and his family a good future and Gods help to cope with their life.

Much respect and love to them and their lovely sons

2 people found this helpful.
 on 4 March 2016
By M N.
This book is touching and real, I was crying with laughter at one point – which I didn’t expect. Genuine, natural and accessible, it was hard to put it down. They’re a devoted loving family living with a difficult condition.

Absolutely fantastic book, could not put it down

 on 7 December 2017
By Ania
Absolutely fantastic book, could not put it down. Very helpful to understand autism and its impact on whole life, not only of the person with this condition, but also family. Highly recommended book.

a must read boo

2 people found this helpful.
 on 27 April 2013
By helen
a truly amazing book that i can see has taken alot of courage to write. it has truly helped me in understanding my own sons behaviour and also made me realise there our other people coping with autism day in day out and doing amazing job. david sound like a right character and i hope he does well in life would love to read a follow up book about how he is getting on in years to come well done to christopher and nicole stevens for taking the time and courage to write this book

A good insight

 on 10 April 2015
By Isabella
As the grand parent of a child with high functioning autism and knowing the difficulties, I enjoyed reading this. It gave me a real insight to just how much more difficult it is parenting a child with extreme autism. This was no tear jerker, often humorous, but deeply felt.

A beautiful, courageous story of David, Chris, Nicky & James

2 people found this helpful.
 on 26 April 2014
By the runner mum
This outstanding book written so brilliantly makes me want to be a better mum. I have laughed, shed loads of tears and learnt so much.

Beautifully honest

 on 12 March 2017
By JWTORTLE
Fantastic read and so very honest. A must read for anyone interested in autism

What a truly remarkable family

 on 19 August 2015
By Motherofallthings
This is a fantastic book which made me laugh, cry and more! Clearly written from the heart but not to shock or gain sympathy but to share and inform and celebrate.

A must read for all parents with children with ASD

 on 16 April 2017
By Sarah Stevens
Amazing book with a real insight into how life is for parents living with a child who’s different. I couldn’t put it down & neither could my mum.
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