The Reason I Jump

The No. 1 Sunday Times and internationally bestselling account of life as a child with autism, now a documentary film Winner of Best Documentary and Best Sound in the British Independent Film Awards 2021.

What is it like to have autism? How can we know what a person — especially a child — with autism is thinking and feeling?

This groundbreaking book, written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, provides some answers. Severely autistic and non-verbal, Naoki learnt to communicate by using a 'cardboard keyboard' — and what he has to say gives a rare insight into an autistically-wired mind.

He explains behaviour he's aware can be baffling such as why he likes to jump and why some people with autism dislike being touched; he describes how he perceives and navigates the world, sharing his thoughts and feelings about time, life, beauty and nature; and he offers an unforgettable short story.

Proving that people with autism do not lack imagination, humour or empathy, THE REASON I JUMP made a major impact on its publication in English. The book includes eleven original illustrations inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.

ISBN: 9781529375701 | Published: 12 October 2021 | Paperback | 192 pages

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