The Essential Autie List

Welcome all! Here you can find all the books I’ve read that feature prominent characters with autism, are written on the topic of autism or are self-help type books that have helped me and my family understand autism.

A little about me – I’ve always known that I was different, a bit weird. Felt the world a little too brightly or intensely. Felt people a little too intensely. It wasn’t until I was 26 that I realised I was probably autistic. A friend of mine who shares many of my quirks and medical issues was diagnosed as having Asperger’s, and so I headed to books and resources to help understand them and their needs more. As she predicted, I had a huge revelation at 8 in the morning on a Sunday where I saw myself in the pages of anything labelled “autistic women”. I got my autism diagnosis aged 28, in November 2016.

I decided that I wanted to read more about people’s experience of autism, be it fiction or non fiction, and that’s where The Essential Autie Book List was born. It is a work in progress and will be updated as I read books, as I want to be able to include a mini review about each book once I’ve finished it (each title is a hyperlink to the mini review).

If you want to know what I’m reading or what is in the wings waiting to be read, feel free to ask me on Twitter.


Adult Fiction

Shtum by Jem Lester

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig – Publishes May 2017, link to preorder at the end of the review.

Harmony by Caroline Parkhurst

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Children’s Fiction & YA

Mockingbird by Katheryn Erskine. Suitable for children aged 9+.

The Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger’s Adventure by Kathy Hoopmann, adapted by Mike Medaglia and illustrated by Rachael Smith. This is a graphic novel, suitable for children aged 8+.

A State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. Publishes 6th April 2017, preorder link in the article.

How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin. In the USA, the book is known as Rain Reign. Suitable for 9+.

Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Suitable for 12+.

Too Close to Home by Aoife Walsh. Suitable for 12+.

M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Suitable for children aged 8+.

M in the Middle byThe Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin. Suitable for children aged 9+.


Neurotribes by Steve Silberman


The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida with David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida

Self-help Guides

Autism, Anxiety and Me: A Diary in Even Numbers by Emma Louise Bridge & Penelope Bridge.

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder : Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age by Sarah Hendrickx

Aspergirls by Rudy Simone