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An illustrated journey through an undiagnosed autistic childhood
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Spoilt. Weirdo. Fussy. Hypochondriac. Chatterbox.

Eliza spent her childhood being told she was all of these until her autism diagnosis as an adult revealed why she had experienced the world so differently. But what does it mean to grow up knowing you are different, misunderstood, 'difficult'?

Funny, witty and tender, Sunday Times bestselling author and illustrator Eliza Fricker, uses her own memories of growing up in the 80s to explore how neurodiversity presents itself in everyday life and what neurodivergent children really need from the people who love them.
  • Published: Nov 21 2023
  • Pages: 128
  • 214 x 138mm
  • ISBN: 9781839978548
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Press Reviews

  • Caro Giles, author of Twelve Moons

    Thumbsucker is a deeply moving and powerful book about what life can be like for children who don't quite fit inside society's rigid boxes. So many families will feel seen when they read Eliza Fricker's beautiful portrayal of her own childhood. I adored it.
  • Joanne Limburg, author of Letters to my Weird Sisters.

    In Thumbsucker, Eliza Fricker shows us the complicated and often painful experiences that too-easy labels allow the people around us to dismiss, when what is needed is understanding.
  • Georgia Pritchett, writer and co-executive producer of Succession

    A warm, funny and thought provoking account of growing up and feeling different.