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There are many books about autism, but few as original as Kamran Nazeer's. This is a description of a group of autistics struggling to attain the obvious

Send in the Idiots by Kamran Nazeer (Bloomsbury, £12.99)

in 1982, Kamran Nazeer went to a school in New York for children with autism. He ended up studying law at Cambridge University, and after graduating found a good job as a policy adviser in Whitehall, as well as a girlfriend. His outcome is remarkably positive. He has taught himself social skills and the art of conversation when none of these came naturally to him.

Today, he might pass as no different to anyone else, unless you catch him in one of the rare moments when he has to gather himself…

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