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The Reason I Jump

Issue No. 2367

Naoki Higashida, a severely austistic man, was 13 when he learned to communicate by pointing to letters on a cardboard grid.

This memoir gives his answers to people’s questions about his condition, describing the world as he lives it and how that affects his behaviour.

It was gratefully received by families struggling to understand their own autistic children.

Among them were Keiko Yoshida and her novelist husband David Mitchell, who have translated Naoki’s memoir into English.

The Reason I Jump
Naoki Higashida,
Sceptre £12.99

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