Favourite Novels on Autism and Asperger Syndrome

I am putting together a list of popular books on Asperger Syndrome and autism, this page will list the novels. I am updating it as I come across new books.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

by Mark Haddon

published by David Fickling Books

I must admit that personally I don't like this book at all. However, I know many people who thought that it was really good and couldn't put it down until it was finished. It is a novel written from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy with Asperger Syndrome who is a mathematical genius, but struggling when it comes to social skills. It shows a good understanding of the working of the mind in someone with Asperger Syndrome.

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A Wild Ride Up The Cupboards

by Ann Bauer

published by Scribner

This novel is about a little boy who withdrew from the world and also about his great uncle who was considered eccentric. It tells the story from the boys parents meeting, through their marriage and child rearing years and all the problems they faced. It is obvious that the author has a good understanding of autism and how it affects both the individual and the people around him.

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john big john 8 years ago from CHEYENNE

I felt the same way about "The Curious Incident" book. Reading it did nothing for me. I did, however have the chance of listening to the audio book of it while on a long drive. That was a great experience...

Thank you for this hub.


Ieneke van Houten 8 years ago

I enjoyed "The curious incident" immensely. I have not been inside the mind of an Autistic person, so can only guess at how accurate the description is. But it does a wonderful job of describing life from the point of view of someone who just does't "get" ordinary human interaction.

According to some experts there is a continuum from normal, whatever that may be, to ADD/ADHd to Asperger's to Autism.

We have enough of the easier part of the spectrum in our family to be able to relate to this book. One thing I know: nutrition, and keeping a clean environment makes a huge difference. One way to look at all the childhood psychiatric conditions is as "canary in the mine" syndrome. We can't mess up our world and expect to get away with it. I highly recommend the work of Dr. Doris Rapp in this context.


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Undercover Lawyer 7 years ago from The Beautiful Northwest, USA

I loved reading "Curious Incident", even though it made me feel deeply sad about what my son is probably living through.

I had not heard of "Wild Ride..." Thanks for turning me onto that one.


elo 6 years ago

Amazon has a list that includes these two books and others - http://www.amazon.com/Novels-Autism-Autistic-Chara...


katie 6 years ago

I have read "Curious Incident" twise so i must have enjoyed it. I think it is a really well writen book, and is defently worth a read. my only problem is it is living up to peoples styrotype of autism or aspergers, when really a person with aspergers is nother like that. one person said to me you can't have aspergers your not a maths ginas, it's frustrating. i also think the book is based on a person with high funtioning autism, not aspergers. but anyway a good read nover the less.


Mary Grace Weir 5 years ago

Hi Caroline,

I was searching for novels that have characters in them who have Asperger Syndrome. My daughter has AS. Anyway I wanted to let you know of a new novel just come out by Jodi Picoult called"House Rules" about a teen boy who has AS and is accused of murder. I have not read the book yet, though I plan tp. I have read reviews (just google it and you will find reviews) it sounds very good! Thought you would be interested! God Bless you,

MG Weir


Ali 5 years ago

I'm always looking for books to read on Asbergers' characters, -we have an 18 yr old son with AS & it's been a wild ride. Enjoyed reading 'House Rules', but loved 'Look me in the Eye' by John Elder.


joyce 5 years ago

are there novels about being married to a person who has asberger's?


Kristin 5 years ago

House Rules, by Jody Picoult is a very good read...I found her portrayal of a family living with a son with Asperger's quite realistic. My Aspie son is eleven...even fictional novels help us parents to not feel so alone..


Alyson 5 years ago

There's a novel by Margot Livesey, Banishing Verona, abt a young man w/ Asperger's -- would love to know what you think.


Sam 4 years ago

I've just WRITTEN a novel about living with Asperger Syndrome, soon to be self-published. It's called "The Service to Ore" :)


Frankie Kay 2 years ago

I married into a family of Aspies, my daughter is one too. In my second career, I ended up helping them professionally. I wrote a novel, self published about an Aspie girl. I wanted to show how easy it is for a smooth man to manipulate and control a girl like that. What is strange, is the so many people read my book and puzzled, remark "she is such a strange girl. How could she live in the same town as her parents and never see them?" I suppose we all hope that even if a few people believe what I wrote, they will be kinder next time they have to deal with someone like I describe..

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