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  • How the World Isn’t Built for Autistic People and What We Should All Do About It
  • By: Pete Wharmby
  • Narrated by: Pete Wharmby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Untypical

By: Pete Wharmby
Narrated by: Pete Wharmby
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Publisher's Summary

It’s time to remake the world – the ground-breaking book on what steps we should all be taking for the autistic people in our lives.

The modern world is built for neurotypicals: needless noise, bright flashing lights, small talk, phone calls, unspoken assumptions and unwritten rules – it can be a nightmarish dystopia for the autistic population. In Untypical, Pete Wharmby lays bare the experience of being ‘different’, explaining with wit and warmth just how exhausting it is to fit in to a world not designed for you.

But this book is more than an explanation. After a late diagnosis and a lifetime of ‘masking’, Pete is the perfect interlocutor to explain how our two worlds can meet, and what we can do for the many autistic people in our schools, workplaces and lives. The result: a practical handbook for all of us to make the world a simpler, better place for autistic people to navigate, and a call to arms for anyone who believes in an inclusive society and wants to be part of the solution.

©2023 Pete Wharmby (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful, compassionate, important book, exploring the many faces of neurodivergence, and offering ways for everyone to make life kinder for those who are wired differently." (Joanne Harris)

"Pete eloquently and passionately explains the the challenges of having to navigate our round-hole world as square peg and therefore is a comforting and validating read for anyone who is Untypical. Rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, whichever neuro-shape you are, this book can help us all to create a more inclusive society." (Dr Meg Arroll)

"A wonderful book about achieving better awareness and a more inclusive society for people on the autism spectrum." (Roger Clark)

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Couldn't stop listening

I have two autistic children and this was an absolute must read and incredibly eye opening for me

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A perfect '...for dummies' on Autism

This book should be mandatory reading for anyone at the time of receiving their own diagnosis of Autism or a loved one being identified as an autistic person.
Pete's performance is warm, engaging and heartfelt without being confrontational about the difficult issues.
His book is helping me to understand myself, and how I, and neurotypicals, have misunderstood me until now.

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as a 34 year old diagnosed at 33

this book was wonderful. Pete is a absolute champion for sharing his story and the story of others. Thankyou for helping people like me feel seen and a part of something.

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Untypical book was feel educational and provided great information

I love, this book was very inspiring, very well written and explains a variety of different country that is going through able ism. It was very interesting to know.

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Must read!

For anyone that knows an autistic person, suspects they do, or suspects they may have autism themselves, this book provides a great foundation. I really hope it breaks down walls as the author intends.

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Post-modernist nonsense

As an autistic parent (and likely autistic myself) I was interested in exploring the world of autism.

Instead Pete Wharmby matter-of-factly asserts a whole heap of activist intersectional nonsense.

My favourite example is the seperate assertions, within paragraphs of one another, that autistic people are vulnerable to online "right wing propaganda", and then that we should believe autistic people who identify as transgender, because they know who they are and aren't vulnerable to suggestion. Which is it?

Very disappointing. A book that had the potential to foster greater understanding of autism is muddled by Pete's nonsensical and self-contradicting post modernist critical social theory lens on the world.

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Truly understanding the autistic world

How easy is to make the world a little better for
Autistic People! Please listen to this audiobook and you'll see how much you can contribute with it!! And how much valuable they are for our world. Great book!! 🙏🏻

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Creating empathy via understanding.

This is the first resource I have experienced regarding Autism. It has created a lot of understanding and awareness. There are many things I had never considered or understood about it. I think it would benefit everyone to listen and gain a greater understanding of humans.

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If everyone read this, the world would be better

I've been following the author on Twitter for years and have already learnt so much from him. This book was everything I had hoped for. I found it a genuinely pleasurable read - rare for a book that had me thinking about how I and everyone could do better! I feel like this is one of Pete Wharmby's great skills. I laughed out loud at in many parts (in recognition and solidarity, not mocking!) Despite there being so much to do, this book also left me feeling hopeful for the future. I'm looking forward to reading his other book.

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So relatable

I had so many ‘a-ha’ moments in this book. Very relatable, but clear for anyone listening to this book, whether you are or know someone who is autistic! Even if you don’t know you know someone!

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