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Last summer, Katherine May was approaching 40, feeling overwhelmed by motherhood and lacking connection with others, lost in a world of inundation and expectation. She had always felt different, but this feeling was new. She wanted to get out, get free and find herself again - and so set about walking the rugged 450 mile South West Coast Path. However, this journey uncovered more than she had ever imagined. 

By chance, en route to the walk, Katherine heard a radio show, and the guests were speaking about Asperger's Syndrome. Things began to fall into place - could this explain the whiteouts, the excruciating confusion around social contact, the electric feeling of every living thing? After a formal diagnosis, Katherine began to unravel this new perspective of her life. Through her physical journey came an emotional one - of accepting who she is and moving forward. It's not just about walking or Asperger's; this is one woman's journey to feel free within herself, something that everyone can relate to. 

©2018 Katherine May (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Rachel M
  • 19-12-2018

A life-affirming read

This book will have a life-long positive effect on me. Katherine May, in coming out to the whole world as autistic (!!!), has given women like her (especially those who are mothers) a role model and if ever there was a group that needs good role models, it is the autistic. I will reread this book and give the hard copy I have also ordered to family and close friends. At last I have something which is a very close description of what it feels like to be me. The fact that May ultimately celebrates her autistic traits is one of the book's main strengths and I suspect may even save a few lives.
I enjoyed the descriptive writing on the English coastline. It made me feel like I was there too. The author's support for biodiversity in landscape and wildlife ecological systems mirrors her acceptance of neurodiversity within the human ecological system.

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  • Katharine Orton
  • 06-07-2019

A phenomenal book

I have so enjoyed this book. It’s written with honesty and a beautiful clarity. A remarkable insight into one person’s inner life, and her journey towards a greater understanding of herself. I loved it.

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  • Jo C
  • 14-01-2019

Cried, laughed, gasped and loved it

Coming from an interesting family and having an interesting child, and being quite the academic weirdo myself I absolutely loved this personal story. Katherine writes beautifully, with such clarity, honesty and humour. I’d love to read more from her.

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  • Catherine McAtier
  • 13-06-2018

A walk along a familiar path

As I began listening to Katherine May describe her journey I could feel her anger. I worried that this was going to be a "woe is me and it's every other f*****s fault" kind of read. Then as I listened on I realised just how real her story was. There was no glamour just bare faced truth . A truth so readily available from those with asd.
And an all too familiar story. This was beautifully written and read. And a great read for anyone struggling with the late diagnosis of asd. **********

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  • J M Brown
  • 21-02-2021

Confirmed what I suspected!

Having struggled my whole life, I suspected ASD.
This book lays it out for me.
I don't go to parties - at all.

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  • Alice Lane
  • 26-12-2020

Excellent. Katherine May writes so honestly

Thank you for writing so heart renderingly on such a sensitive subject. Really loved this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2020

Different But Good

I didn't know what to expect when I started listening to this book. As I got to the end I realised it's value as an insight into Asperger's and one woman's account on her life's journey to diagnosis, the pro and cons.

at times it was like listening to a book written by Julie Bradbury 'walking with Julia' and lost me at times as it seemed heavily fixed on her journey walking in various locations in the south west. as I live in Cornwall and a large part was set there I did have to laugh at some of the place name pronunciations however that aside, overall it was a light enjoyable account of one person's life. if nothing else it has encouraged me to get out in my local land and start walking more.

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  • Rachael C.
  • 23-07-2021

Fast forward

Just couldn't finish the last three hours. Neither the story nor the narration suited my ears. It popped up on my feed and I thought I may learn something, but it just wasn't for me

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  • Sophie
  • 26-08-2020

A brilliant eye opening book

I really enjoyed listening to this. I'm on a similar journey myself and it was such a comfort to listen to Katherine's words. I loved her stories of walking interspersed with realisations about her autism. It made the book feel less intense and for that I am grateful. It also reminded me how much I love to walk alone and I've been doing more of that lately.

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