Living in a neurodivergent family, I’ve discovered it’s a bit of a minefield sorting through the information out there to find the stuff written by and supported by autistic (and other neurodivergent) people amongst the sea of rather loud neurotypicals. It’s important to me to read and highlight works by the people who matter.
These are my favourite books by autistic authors, in no particular order:
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
He’s the brother of Augusten Burroughs who wrote Running With Scissors. If you know that book/movie, then you’ll know that John Robison has also led a wild life, including inventing the famous rocket guitars used in KISS concerts, which he goes into detail about in this book. It’s a fast-paced, wild and entertaining read.
I looooooved this book, so I decided that it would be worth reading another of his books…
Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives by John Elder Robison
Another wild ride… John didn’t know he was autistic, that his wife was autistic, and that their son was autistic. This is the story of John’s fatherhood, and raising his son Cubby, whose special interest was (maybe still is?) the chemistry of explosives. In between buying stocks in rail companies to gain entry to their sites, Cubby spent much of his time concocting explosives from items easily found in hardware stores and supermarkets. The story culminates in him ending up in court and a battle to stay out of jail.
John Robison’s writing is as hilarious as his brother Augusten Burroughs. Definitely worth a read for the humour, not to mention the curious look into this autistic family.
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
This was a light and easy read from a comedian who is autistic and is also an autistic advocate. Hilarious at times, because he is so similar to my kid. A very accessible and easy book if you are interested in the insights of autistic life.
This clearly isn’t an extensive list of the best or most well-known autistic authors. It’s just what I’ve personally enjoyed. I intend to add more books to this list over time.