The Autist’s Guide to the Galaxy

navigating the world of ‘normal people’

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Pub Date 18 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2024

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Description

A playful guide to understanding the ways of ‘normal people’, The Autist’s Guide to the Galaxy flips our usual scripts about neurodiversity.

Following on from her internationally successful memoir, The Autists, Clara Törnvall has written a fun, comprehensive, and accessible explanation of neurotypical, or ‘normal’, behaviour. Full of facts, tips, and tests, and developed with input from other autists, this book places the difficulties autists face in the context of a world built for the neurotypical majority. It will help neurodiverse people — and their families, friends, and loved ones — navigate this world, nurture stronger relationships, and thrive.

A playful guide to understanding the ways of ‘normal people’, The Autist’s Guide to the Galaxy flips our usual scripts about neurodiversity.

Following on from her internationally successful memoir, ...


Advance Praise

Praise for The Autists:

‘Törnvall has written an important, illuminating first book, one that deserves to sit alongside the best insider accounts of autism … [The Autists] should be required reading for all parents, partners, friends, and colleagues of anyone on the autism spectrum, as well as a road map for autistic women navigating the neurotypical world.’ – James Cook, Times Literary Supplement

‘Journalist Törnvall seeks comfort in the stories of other autistic women throughout history in her illuminating debut … An insightful and involving narrator, Törnvall movingly explores how women with so-called “high-functioning autism” persisted in harnessing their abilities whether or not they lived in a time that recognised their neurotype. This winning combination of memoir and cultural history stimulates and entertains in equal measure.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Törnvall was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 42, and The Autists takes her own experience as a lens through which to explore the phenomena and experiences of autistic women more generally. Its research is wide-ranging … I was particularly delighted by Törnvall’s chapter on language, “Too Much Faith in Words”.’ – Caitlin McGregor, Sydney Review of Books

Praise for The Autists:

‘Törnvall has written an important, illuminating first book, one that deserves to sit alongside the best insider accounts of autism … [The Autists] should be required reading...


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Featured Reviews

This is amazing! I loved reading a guide which not only gives advice to autistic people on how to navigate neurotypical society, but also frames some sections as ‘advice on how to deal with neurotypicals’ as though they were not ‘the norm’. It was written really well and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely recommending it to anyone wanting an autistic-centred guide to autism!

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