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What I Want to Talk About

How Autistic Special Interests Shape a Life
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'This book isn't a memoir. It is a love letter to the phenomenon of autistic hyperfixation.'

In What I Want to Talk About popular autism advocate Pete Wharmby takes readers on a journey through his special interests, illuminating the challenges of autistic experience along the way. Funny, revealing, celebratory and powerful in equal measure, this is a book that will resonate with many, and which should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand autism with more accuracy and empathy.
  • Published: Sep 21 2022
  • Pages: 224
  • 214 x 138mm
  • ISBN: 9781787758278
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Press Reviews

  • Steve Silberman, author, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People Who Think Differently

    This engaging, witty, and bracingly honest book brings to light the life-giving passion and intensity of autistic 'special interests,' describing with the vividness of lived experience the distinctive ways that autistic people explore and make sense of the world.
  • Emily Katy, autistic blogger, writer and Trustee of Autistic Girls Network.

    This book is a gift to us all. Pete not only provides incredible insight for anyone wishing to understand autism, but as an autistic person, I found an empowering sense of belonging and comfort in his writing. The existence of this book will make the world a better place.
  • Sara Gibbs, comedy writer and author

    In a spectacular debut, Pete Wharmby perfectly translates the autistic experience with effortless wit, warmth and flair. Through the lens of his passions and interests, Pete articulates the messy, confusing and often beautiful way autistic brains work. It is essential reading for everyone who may encounter an autistic person (so, literally everyone) and is certain to become a definitive classic on the subject.
  • Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism

    A deeply personal autistic insight into Hyperfixation at first glance, this book is that and much, much more. I felt as if I lived parts of his life with him, such is the richness of Pete's words; but around many of the humorous and delightful narrative corners came a contrasting shock of how being autistic in an unforgiving world can feel. A superb read from beginning to end.