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Keep Clear – launch of Tom Cutler’s new book
Friday, November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tom Cutler launches his new book, Keep Clear: my adventures with Asperger’s, a bittersweet account of self-discovery, living with Aspergers
It is only after a crack-up, at the age of 55, that Tom Cutler gets the diagnosis that allows him to make sense of everything that’s come before, including his weird obsessions with road-sign design, magic tricks, spinning tops, and Sherlock Holmes. The final realisation that he has Asperger’s allows a light to dawn on the riddles of his life: his accidental rudeness, maladroitness, Pan Am smile, and other social impediments. But, like many with Asperger’s, Tom possesses great facility with words, and this shines through this exceptionally warm, bright, and moving memoir, which is alternately strikingly revealing, laugh-out-loud funny, and achingly sad.
Tom explores his eccentric behaviour from boyhood to manhood, examines the role of autism in his strange family, and investigates the scientific explanations for the condition. He recounts his anxiety and bewilderment in social situations, his sensory overload, his strange way of dressing, and his particular trouble with girls. He shares his autistic adventures in offices, toyshops, backstage in theatres, and in book and magazine publishing houses, as well as on – or more often off – roads.
Keep Clear is published in the UK on 14 November 2019. Shoreham Wordfest is delighted to be launching this entertaining, and important new book.
Tom Cutler is a bestselling author of humour books on subjects that include flags, airline insignia, medicine, maps, language, sex, and music. His international bestsellers, which have been translated into several languages, include A Gentleman's Bedside Book and the Amazon number-one blockbuster, 211 Things A Bright Boy Can Do. He has also written for The Guardian, Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, and HuffPost. Tom has always known that there is something strange about the way he relates to the world, but it was only in 2016 that he was formally identified as being on the autism spectrum. This, he says, was the happiest day of his life.