In her warm and witty memoir, Late Bloomer, Clem Bastow writes how her life was transformed after she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult. Journalist turned academic Emma Jane’s candid and darkly humorous memoir Diagnosis Normal describes the many lives she lived with gusto before embracing a new life when she too had a late diagnosis of autism. Both books are funny, poignant and provide illuminating insight into the experience of living as a neurodiverse person in a neurotypical world.
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Clem Bastow’s writing appears regularly in Guardian Australia, and she has written extensively for The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She has contributed chapters to books including Investigating Stranger Things, ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May and Copyfight and co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep dive” into professional wrestling. Late Bloomer is her first book.
Emma A. Jane - formerly published as Emma Tom - is an Associate Professor at UNSW Sydney. Prior to her career in academia, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, broadcast, and electronic media. Over the course of her working life, she has received multiple awards and prizes for her scholarly work, her journalism, and her fiction. Diagnosis Normal is her eleventh book.
Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation. Her writing has appeared in publications including Meanjin, Crikey, the ABC, and Kill Your Darlings, and she has worked for The Guardian across Australia and in Asia.