Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette

Now I have to be honest, this sort of humour isn’t usually my thing, but having an autistic teenage son myself, I could see the real story behind the incongruity of the various situations that mum Lucy, and 21 year old son Merlin find themselves in. I loved the character of Merlin, so prosaic in speech, and yet so unaware of its impact on the world around him; and I identified with Lucy, so desperate to ease the burden on her son’s shoulders of a world he struggled with – to the point of breaking the law. I felt that some of the metaphors were a little strained, but felt the irony of their use in a book with a central autistic character.
The book is written with great sensitivity and tenderness, despite the sometimes raucous humour, by an author with the voice of real experience.