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Late bloomer : how an autism diagnosis changed my life / Clem Bastow.

Late bloomer : how an autism diagnosis changed my life / Clem Bastow.
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ISBN 9781743796009 (paperback)
Author Bastow, Clem author.
Title Late bloomer : how an autism diagnosis changed my life / Clem Bastow.
Publisher/Date Richmond, Victoria : Hardie Grant Books, 2021.
Pagination etc. x, 262 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary Note Introducing a bold new voice in Australian nonfiction, Late Bloomer is a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir that will change the way you think about autism. Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she'd missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, arbitrary and often stressful. Friendships were hard, relationships harder, and the office was a fluorescent-lit nightmare of anxiety. It wasn't until Clem was diagnosed as autistic, at age 36, that things clicked into focus. The obsession with sparkly things and dinosaurs. The encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music. The meltdowns that would come on like a hurricane. The ability to write eloquently while conquering basic maths was like trying to understand ancient Greek. These weren't just 'personality quirks' but autistic traits that shaped Clem's life in powerful ways. With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, from the asphalt playground of St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people. Deconstructing the misconceptions and celebrating the realities of autistic experience, Late Bloomer is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, and will stay with you long after the reading.
Subject - Name Bastow, Clem
Subject Autistic people -- Australia -- Biography
Journalists -- Australia -- Biography
Autism -- Diagnosis
Shelf Location 616.85882 BAST
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