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In a Summer Garment: The Experience of An Autistic Child - Ann Lovell

Secker & Warburg, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper.

From the cover: “Simon was the loved, wanted and exceptionally beautiful first-born child of highly intelligent and educated parents. There was no reason at first to suspect that he was in any way different — he was plump and lusty, ate and slept like any other baby; at fifteen months he could say a few key words and at two years he could sing French nursery rhymes. But he became a slow, solitary and stand-offish toddler — and then the tantrums started. Even the experts, though, reassuringly explained away his differences as those of a late-developer, the tantrums as the sign of a strong will.

The diagnosis when it finally came -not till Simon was four — was a shattering blow but at the same time a bitter release from nagging worry and suspicion. Simon was autistic, mentally handicapped, and would not develop like a normal child.

Ann Lovell tells the moving story of this discovery and of her son’s childhood and adolescence with warmth and tremendous insight. A gentle, trusting and loving child, Simon was brought up in a family of three healthy, lively and normal children. With the help of patient teachers, an extraordinary mother and sympathetic siblings it was possible for him to learn to ride, to enjoy his outstanding musical gifts, to play with the family band, and to regard reading as an entertaining game. The experience of the autistic child described here is more, though, than simply the story of this child; it is the journal of a family’s experience of such a child: the reactions, interactions, the changed attitudes and values. Simon has brought not only pain and heartbreak, but for Ann Lovell he has been a source of joy, wonder and even peace. With an unusual and compelling blend of compassion, humour, honesty and perception, she tells an articulate story of personal tragedy, courage and achievement.”

Jacket designed by Bob Hook. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 145 pages.