'Recently the phrase "Asperger Syndrome" became part of my vocabulary. It explains all the things my psychologist could not.'
- Will Hadcroft
What makes the Asperger child immerse himself in such things as Doctor Who and The Incredible Hulk? In this honest and entertaining autobiographical account, Will Hadcroft links his obsessive TV series fixations to eventually being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. He describes drawing comfort from identifying with heroic individuals or fictional characters, and the liberating effect of an accurate diagnosis for someone who felt 'out of place' and didn't know why.
This original and highly readable book offers a fresh insight into the experience of feeling 'unmutual', or misunderstood, and how this can result in bullying at school and in the workplace, escalating into social phobia, paranoia and obsessive behaviour. It amply illustrates some of the more subtle expressions of the Asperger condition and provides an accessible introduction to those new to AS.
Will Hadcroft has an insatiable passion for writing. He is the author of the children's adventure novel Anne Droyd and Century Lodge and has written Asperger poetry. Will lives in Lancashire, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Day at the Office (with Asperger Syndrome). 1. A Slight Cerebral Pause 1970-1974. 2. Steve Austin, Jamie Sommers, David Banner, Blake's Seven, The Doctor, and Me (Oh, and Primary School) 1975-1980. 3. Birth of an Obsession 1980-1981. 4."I Hope It's Not Like Grange Hill"1981-1982. 5. "William's a Bit Slow" 1982-1983. 6. "Why Are You Weird?" 1984-1986. 7. The Real World 1986-1987. 8. The Vomit of a Tormented Soul 1988-1990. 9. Simple Babylon 1991-1992. 10. Carol Catherine - The Saving and the Making of Me 1993-1995. 11. Introducing Will Hadcroft 1995-1997. 12. Pursuing the Dream 1997-2002. 13. Anne Droyd and Century Lodge: The Dream Come True. 14. The Pieces Fall Into Place 2003. 15. Hadcroft Syndrome.