Released on 06 April 2017.

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Odd Girl Out

An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World

4.16 based on 118 ratings & 23 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realize you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?

Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it.

Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise.

Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood.

This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.

Laura James at How to: Understand Autism

Laura James at How to: Understand Autism

  • Kings Place
    Kings Place
    90 York Way London, N1 9AG UNITED KINGDOM
  • 22 March 2018 18:30
22 March 2018 06:30Z 22 March 2018 08:30Z

In the week prior to World Autism Awareness Week, we bring together four differing perspectives on autism. Over 700k people in the UK are autistic, and 2.8m people have a relative on the autistic ...

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An evening for World Autism Week March with Laura James

An evening for World Autism Week March with Laura James

  • The Wanstead Tap
    The Wanstead Tap
    352 Winchelsea Rd, London, E7 0AQ
  • 28 March 2018 19:30
28 March 2018 07:30Z 28 March 2018 08:30Z

Join journalists Jessie Hewitson and Laura James for an evening devoted to a a better understanding of autism in both adults and children ; different doesn't mean less. Produced with the Newham Boo...

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AUTISM WRITES BACK! at Norfolk & Norwich Festival

AUTISM WRITES BACK! at Norfolk & Norwich Festival

  • Chapelfield Gardens
    Chapelfield Gardens
    , Norwich UNITED KINGDOM
  • 26 May 2018 03:30
26 May 2018 03:30Z 26 May 2018 12:00Z

with Laura James, Joanne Limburg and James McGrath " "Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens, " "Saturday 26th May, 3.30pm " "Poet and novelist Joanne Limburg (The Autistic Alice) and author ...

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