George and SamBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1571 (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1571
- Michael Fitzpatrick, general practitioner (Fitz@easynet.co.uk)
Having seen a newspaper excerpt from Charlotte Moore's account of her autistic sons, some parents wrote to complain that she had neglected the “grittier realities” of life as a single parent caring for children with autism. In fact, the book reveals a household smeared with excrement, olive oil, and ketchup, and details all manner of bizarre behaviours. What seems to have rankled is that Moore describes her family in a positive and often humorous way, and that she does not seem to feel sorry for herself.