"Everything in this book is true. You might think some things are just too unbelievable or funny or silly to be true, but every tiny detail really did happen."
Take one small boy; add manic depression, three wives, three daughters, two divorces, amazing creative talent, and Asperger's syndrome.
In this memoir, Colin Thompson invites you to explore his almost-unbelievable life from past to present, though not necessarily in that order. Filled with family photographs and mesmerising illustrations drawn by the author himself, prepare to step inside the life and mind of an extraordinary man. If you, or your friends or relations, have ever felt that you do not fit in this world, then this book will tell you how one person survived it all.
The extraordinary illustrated life of Aspie author and illustrator Colin Thompson
Colin's autobiography is engaging and informative, but is also itself a work of art. -- From the foreword by Tony Attwood, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-selling The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
When I grow up I want to have Colin Thompson's life. A most glorious bittersweet soup; eccentric, irreverent, philosophical, nourishing and utterly fascinating. The minutia of his rich and varied life is as profound as it is funny. A confirmed and proud Aspie, Colin's life testifies that those with Asperger's can have rich and rewarding lives with a fecundity that so often exceeds the norm. -- Adam Elliot, animator, writer, director and producer
Quirky, funny, sometimes painful, sometimes joyful and above all honest, Fitting In by Colin Thompson is a moving memoir of being different in a conformist post-war world. It ranges from the hilarious to the deeply sad, with a broad cast of heroes and villains. Above all, Fitting In is about finding your own way in a world where the odds are stacked against you and ultimately finding redemption through an amazing artistic talent. -- Susan Dunne, author of A Pony in the Bedroom
Filled with family photographs and mesmerizing illustrations personally drawn by the Colin, readers will step inside the life and mind of a truly extraordinary man who has lived a truly extraordinary life. Impressively well written, organized and presented, Fitting In is an exceptional memoir that is very highly recommended. --American Biography collections.
Colin Thompson has worked as a silk-screen printer, a graphic designer, a stage manager in the theatre but never as a lumberjack in Canada or a sailor on a tramp-steamer in the South Seas. He is the author and illustrator of over 65 published books. Colin lives in Australia with his wife.
Disclaimer. 1. Introduction. 2. Fitting In.