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A wonderfully bittersweet, funnystrange account of living unwittingly with Asperger’s syndrome.

It is only after a crack-up, at the age of 55, that Tom Cutler gets the diagnosis that allows him to make sense of everything that’s come before, including his weird obsessions with road-sign design, magic tricks, spinning tops, and Sherlock Holmes. But, like many with Asperger’s, Tom possesses great facility with words, and this shines through this exceptionally warm, bright, and moving memoir, which is alternately strikingly revealing, laugh-out-loud funny, and achingly sad.

Tom explores his eccentric behaviour from boyhood to manhood, examines the role of autism in his strange family, and investigates the scientific explanations for the condition. He shares his autistic adventures in offices, toyshops, backstage in theatres, and in book and magazine publishing houses, as well as on — or more often off — roads.

About the author

Tom Cutler is a bestselling author of humour books. In 2016 he was identified as being on the autism spectrum. This, he says, was the happiest day of his life.

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Why We Like It

  • ‘This is a delightful and intimate insight into Asperger's, it couldn't be more timely or more valuable.’ – Nicholas Blincoe, author of Manchester Slingback
  • ‘Cutler’s memoir is a heartwarming account of his life through the lens of his obsessions and eccentricities.’ – Happy Mag

Tom Cutler is a humorist, writer, magician, and Sherlock Holmes aficionado. He has written numerous books on a variety of subjects including language, sex, and music. He is the author of several international bestsellers including A Gentleman's Bedside Book and the Amazon number-one blockbuster, 211 Things A Bright Boy Can Do. His books have been translated into several languages. Tom has also written for The Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, and The Telegraph. In 2016 he was identified as being on the autistic spectrum.

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