There's a lot of great stuff written on autism, but it can be tricky to tip-toe past the loopy (but hugely entertaining) books with shouty titles like "I Kicked Autism's Arse And I'm Not At All In Denial" or "My Child Caught Autism From A Toilet Seat".
An excellent trick to save time is to avoid autism books with animals on the cover.
Also, if the title includes the words "cure", "vaccines" or "alien abduction" they're generally only good for use as a door-stopper (if they're thick enough).
Simon Baron-Cohen was one of my favourite writers on the subject of autism.
I could always rely on him as a voice of reason in the crazy swirl of autism literature.
But now he's gone as mad as the rest of them.
He compares autism to psychosis.
I can't claim to have read the book, because he lost me when he tries to redeem autistic people by applying some strange positive/negative empathy scale to their acts of cruelty...including an example where an autistic person punches a baby to stop him crying. But that's alright because he had positive zero empathy. Or something.
Try telling that to the baby's mother.
But the bottom line is that most people will read the blurb at the back of the book and conclude that people with autism are psychopaths.
If anyone other than Baron-Cohen had written it, I'd have a good laugh about it.
But I'll be too busy buying some fava beans and a nice chianti with my little psycho to worry about it.
Have the lambs stopped screaming yet???