George and Sam

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1571
  1. Michael Fitzpatrick, general practitioner (
  1. London

    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.

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