Jun 182012

You may not know it but today, June 18, is world Autistic Pride Day. The aim of Autistic Pride Day is to get people to recognise the spectrum of autism disorders and to shift their perspective from disease to difference. Celebrating autism may seem rather unusual but it is all about accepting autistic children and adults as they are, loving them as they are, and recognising their rights. If you would like to find out more what life is like for families living with autism you should really read My Life In A Pea Soup.

My Life In A Pea Soup is a brilliant memoir written by Australian mum Lisa Nops, telling the story of her beautiful daughter Sally and the many events that led to the eventual diagnosis of autism. The book is so real, honest and raw, you will fall for Lisa (and Sally) from the moment you start reading. So many people have no idea what it is like to live with a child with autism (me included) so it was a real eye opener to read about life with Sally.

It is not easy to recognise autism in a young child and Lisa shares openly about some of Sally’s behaviour and habits as a baby and young child which (in hind sight) were early signs that something was wrong. But this is not a cold, emotionless medical information pamphlet, it is a warm, sometimes heartbreaking but most of all honest collection of stories and memories written by a loving mum, who learns to come to terms with Sally’s diagnosis and is determined to create the very best life for her daughter.

Living an expat life the family ends up living in Sri Lanka and Bahrein, where it proves very hard to find the help they need. I finished My Life In A Pea Soup in one sitting, I loved Lisa’s story telling, not just about Sally but also describing life in other continents, and I so badly wanted to her to find the right doctor for Sally. Lisa Nops is a very talented writer so it is no wonder she recently won the Finch Memoir Prize 2012, very well deserved.

To find out more about My Life In A Pea Soup by Lisa Nops ($29.99, published by Finch Publishing) and to order the book online visit www.finch.com.au.

For your chance to win a copy of My Life In A Pea Soup by Lisa Nops visit www.finch.com.au and answer the following question: Why would you love to read My Life In A Pea Soup?

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  1. Its always refreshing to read about someone who has walked in my footsteps….. as it makes me feel less alone with my son…

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  4. I love Aussie authors and the story of Sally sounds bittersweet – I don’t mind a good sob when I’m reading.

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  8. I would love to win this as I have four young autistic children and get a lot out of reading about others living with the same issues.

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  14. I’d love to read this book as it sounds like such an inspiring and eye opening insight into autism!!

  15. I would love to read this book to gain some understanding of autism. This book sounds like a totally inspirational read.

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  18. I would love to read this book, but if I were to win it I would give it to my neighbour who is a single mum and has an autistic son. I think she would really enjoy it.

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  22. A Mother’s Heartbreaking Story

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  24. i would love to win this to give to my best friend we studied Early childhood together at uni, and her son has autism and its been a tough ride for her and her husband, so I would love to give them this if I won! I suscribe to the emails as well

  25. It sounds like a totally inspirational book

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  32. My son also has a disability and though it isn’t autism, i know too well the struggles and hurdles that we encounter as parents. It is always encouraging & supportive to know that i am not alone in my struggles. I love to read these inspirational stories of how parents have overcome lifes little challenges or adapt their lives to suit, it gives me food for thought and ideas of what things i may be able to try with my son in his development, or just general comfort to feel so called “normal”

  33. I would love to read My Life in Pea Soup then donate to our local primary school to promote Autistic Pride Day. Autistic children in classes seems to be more typical & such books help shift community perspectives from disease to more accepting of difference. The book can help educate us all, from teaching staff, policy makers & paramedicals through to parents, students & even autistic children themselves. I have just read a similar memoir & similarly aim to promote this book as a resource at school, ultimately bringing this author to school to speak directly about accepting autism as a difference rather than a disease.

  34. It sounds like such an inspirational and touching book

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  37. This is exactly the type of book I love to read, someone overcoming difficult odds, very inspirational

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  39. I have been working with autistic adults and children for almost 5 years and can really relate to what’s being written about autism. Would love to take this book on my coming holidays.

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  51. Autism until today is very mysterious. I would love to have an insider’s outlook, it would be a great read!

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