Keep Clear: My adventures with Asperger's
A wonderfully bittersweet, funnystrange account ofliving unwittingly with Asperger's syndrome.It is only after a crack-up, at the age of 55, that Tom Cutlergets the diagnosis that allows him to make sense of everythingthat's come before, including his weird obsessions with road-signdesign, magic tricks, spinning tops, and Sherlock Holmes. The finalrealisation that he has Asperger's allows a light to dawn on theriddles of his life: his accidental rudeness, maladroitness, Pan Amsmile, and other social impediments. But, like many withAsperger's, Tom possesses great facility with words, and thisshines 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 investigatesthe scientific explanations for the condition. He recounts hisanxiety and bewilderment in social situations, his sensoryoverload, his strange way of dressing, and his particular troublewith girls. 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.