“We are constantly underestimating people with autism” David Mitchell

The novelist David Mitchell discusses his translation of thirteen year-old Naoki Higashida‘s The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism

Mitchell, whose own son is autistic, described the discovery of the book as “a revelatory godsend. Reading it felt as if, for the first time, our own son was talking to us about what was happening inside his head.”

He told us about the challenges he and his wife Keiko Yoshida faced with creating an honest translation, the effect The Reason I Jump has had on their approach to parenting, and how new technology helps their son engage with the world.


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Dan Lewis, for Waterstones.com/blog


Read David Mitchell on the first time he met Naoki Higashida

Read Naoki Higashida‘s Preface to The Reason I Jump


The Reason I Jump

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