A Boy Made of Blocks

Author(s): Keith Stuart

Fiction. | Aspergers & Autism

Life is built on the little things... Eight year-old Sam has always been different - beautiful, surprising, and autistic. For all he loves his family, dad Alex has always struggled to connect with Sam, and the strain has pushed his marriage with Jody to the edge.

So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world's most uncomfortable blow-up bed, wondering how to win back his wife and son. As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft, opening up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves, and each other ...Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, hilarious and most of all true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy.


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Very funny, incredibly poignant and full of insight. Awesome. --Jenny Colgan

Heartwarming, funny and special. I devoured this cracking book. --The Unmumsy Mum

In 2012 one of Keith Stuart's two sons was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The ramifications felt huge. But then Keith and both boys started playing videogames together - especially Minecraft. Keith had always played games and, since 1995, has been writing about them, first for specialist magazines like Edge and PC Gamer then, for the last ten years, as games editor for the Guardian. The powerful creative sharing as a family and the blossoming of communication that followed informed his debut novel, A Boy Made of Blocks: a story about a dad who wants to communicate with his autistic son; a dad who has forgotten how to play. It is a story about letting go, about being a kid - which is how Keith learned about everything important in his life, starting with his son.

General Fields

  • : 9780751563283
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Sphere
  • : July 2016
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Keith Stuart
  • : Paperback
  • : 816
  • : 400