1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

I wrote the bones of this review back in 2016 when I was sent a pre-publication copy by the lovely people at Ebury Press. This was, importantly, also before I received my diagnosis of autism. Chris Packham’s memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a brutal, beautiful book that subverts the memoir genre through inclusion… Continue reading Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

I’m absolutely in love with the array of essay books that are being released now; The Good Immigrant, Nasty Women, and Know Your Place, which is still being crowdfunded, are three that spring to mind. What started out as a project to raise some money for charities such as Mind and Beat has become a… Continue reading Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 1 Minute Reviews

Dear Ijeawele started life as a series of letters to a friend of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, after she was asked for advice on how to raise their new baby girl as a feminist. When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who’d grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked… Continue reading Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | 1 Minute Reviews

Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Nasty Women by 404 Ink | 1 Minute Reviews

What does it mean to be a woman in the 21st century? What does it mean to stand up against misogyny, racism and classism alongside sexism? Independent Scottish Publishers 404 Ink seek to answer this question in this excellent collection of essays and interviews from a number of brilliant women. Originally released as a Kickstarter… Continue reading Nasty Women by 404 Ink | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · Non Fiction

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

Neurotribes is a truly astounding book that deserves its Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. I read Neurotribes while I was researching the possibility of being autistic at 27 (turns out I am) and it really helped me understand the legacy of autistic people. Rarely does work on autism focus so much on who autistic people… Continue reading Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · Non Fiction

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida | 1 Minute Reviews

The Reason I Jump is an astonishing work by 9 year old Naoki Higashida, autistic and mostly non verbal. Taught to use an alphabet keyboard to communicate, Naoki has shared his stories and his thoughts on being an autistic person in this wonderful book. Naoki’s words are incredibly important. Too often are non verbal disabled… Continue reading The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Memoir · Non Fiction

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher | 1 Minute Reviews

The Princess Diarist is the latest, and sadly last, of Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies. Upon finding a box of diaries written during the filming of Star Wars: A New Hope in her house, Carrie decides to share them with the world. We are treated to excerpts from these, including some brutal entries about loneliness and self-doubt,… Continue reading The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher | 1 Minute Reviews