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In "Nobody Nowhere" Donna Williams described her life with autism - a life dominated by disembodied pattern, sound, colour and movement, cut off from the incomprehensible actions of others. Now she tells of the four years since the diagnosis for which she had waited 25 years, and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live "normally". Donna's decision to leave the comforting isolation of her world has brought both agonies and rewards. She recounts intensive sessions with her therapist, in which she learnt devastating truths behind her misconceptions of the real world; her breakthroughs teaching autistic children; the pain and joy of recognizing for the first time her own emotions; and how she came to learn the pleasure of communicating with others in friendship.
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The artistically gifted Williams continues to build a bridge between 'my world' and 'the world'. -- Publisher's WeeklyFrom the Author:
What Donna says about writing Autobiography
Why write about oneself?
Everyone has a different reason.
I wrote the first of my four autobiographical works, Nobody Nowhere, on the verge of suicide after a wild half-crazy life with abuse, homelessness and ultimately hope for belonging only to find I was terrified of real closeness. I had a last inkling of hope that I couldn't truly say I'd tried my hardest to cope if I'd never fully disclosed the nature of my own private world. So I wrote out everything that mattered in my feelings and decided to give it to one child psychiatrist in the hope they could tell me what kind of mad I was and whether there was hope for answers and belonging. My intention was to then shred it, burn it and leave this world. Instead it was passed on to his colleague, then from her to her publisher, from him to an agent and from there out into the world it became a number one international bestseller. But why write three more?
My second autobiography, Somebody Somewhere is so completely different to the first and exposed a world of such different, forgotten citizens of the world, that the story had to be told, to give a voice to the voiceless, to be a starting point for solidarity and building bridges. It too became a number one international bestseller.
The third work, Like Color to The Blind exposed three very controversial areas that I felt strongly about; the visual fragmentation of visual perceptual disorders, the importance of augmented and alternative communication systems for voiceless people and the search for selfhood buried underneath stored learning, something so many people struggle with in silence until its often too late.
The fourth book, Everyday Heaven was about the simultaneous discovery of sexuality, journeys in orientation and at the same time coping with loss in a two year span in which I lost three of the closest people in my life.
So I wrote each for very different reasons, to hope and to survive, to shout and to stay sane.
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