Last night I learned that BUT I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR THAT I LOVED YOU has been named by the National Autistic Society as one of their six favourite novels about autism, alongside the bestselling The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time.
The other four novels are: A rock and a hard place, Al Capone does my shirts, Of Mice and Aliens, and Einstein’s Dream.
Some people like my novel because it is sad, funny and tender. Here is one of my favourite reviews of it on Amazon:
And this is what Stuart Murray - Professor of Contemporary Literature and Film at Leeds University and an expert on the representation of disability in popular culture - said about the novel:
“Writing about autism and Asperger's syndrome is notorious for the ways in which it frequently cannot resist the lure of the sensational and the spectacular. All too often the condition of autism, and individuals and characters with it, are turned into objects of belittling fascination for a reading audience, often as not more than performing sideshows. What is so refreshing about Sue Hepworth's - But I Told You Last Year That I Loved You - is that it avoids all these traps and rather presents Asperger's as a normal, if idiosyncratic, part of everyday life that elicits frustration, comedy and tenderness all at the same time. Hepworth's achievement in making the condition both distinctive and unspectacular, and weaving this into a narrative of romantic and family life, displays a genuinely subtle understanding of how autism - this most contemporary of conditions – works.”
So what are you waiting for? Why not buy a copy for someone who wants to know about Asperger syndrome? Or for someone who likes contemporary realistic love stories? (I am assuming that you yourself have already read the book...)
It’s on special offer on Amazon.co.uk - £5.75.
And also from The Book Depository at £6.84 - where you get free delivery worldwide.
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