31 Mar 21
In celebration of World Autism Awareness Week, we've teamed up with Hodder to give away three copies of The Reason I Jump book.
What is it like to have autism? How can we know what a person – especially a child – with autism is thinking and feeling?
This groundbreaking book, written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, provides some answers. Severely autistic and non-verbal, Naoki learnt to communicate by using a 'cardboard keyboard' – and what he has to say gives a rare insight into an autistically-wired mind. He explains behaviour he's aware can be baffling such as why he likes to jump and why some people with autism dislike being touched; he describes how he perceives and navigates the world, sharing his thoughts and feelings about time, life, beauty and nature; and he offers an unforgettable short story. Proving that people with autism do not lack imagination, humour or empathy, THE REASON I JUMP made a major impact on its publication in English. Widely praised, it was an immediate No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller as well as a New York Times bestseller and has since been published in over thirty languages.
For a chance to win, tell us your favourite book-to-film adaptation.
Simply email [email protected] with THE REASON I JUMP in the subject line and your answer.
The competition closes on 7 April 2021.
Open to UK residents only. Entrants must be at least 18 years old. The winners will be picked at random and contacted via their method of entry. Our standard competition terms and conditions apply.
Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.
The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki's core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.
For more information visit www.reasonijump.film
This month we come from Henley-on-Thames and features all Novembers' no-brainers.
We spoke to writer / director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn).
We have a pair of tickets to give away to the National Theatre production of A Taste of Honey, the era-defining play that changed British theatre.
Sarah Cook talks to Dean-Charles Chapman, co-star of Sam Mendes's new film 1917.
Is there a better feeling than being able to share what you love with the ones you love?