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Truestory ❰Download❯ ➻ Truestory Author Catherine Simpson – Alice's life is dictated by her autistic son Sam who refuses to leave their remote Lancashire farm Her only time 'off' is two hours in Lancaster on a Tuesday afternoon and even that doesn't always pan Alice's life is dictated by her autistic son Sam who refuses to leave their remote Lancashire farm Her only time 'off' is two hours in Lancaster on a Tuesday afternoon and even that doesn't always pan out to be the break she needs Husband Duncan brings Larry a rootless wanderer to the farm to embark on a money making scheme they've dreamed up Alice is hostile but Larry beguiles Sam with tales of travel in the outside world and soon Alice begins to fall for him too By turns blackly comic heart breaking and heart warming Truestory looks at what happens when sacrifice slithers towards martyrdom By turns happy and sad ultimately it is a tale of hope.

  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • Truestory
  • Catherine Simpson
  • English
  • 05 April 2016
  • 9781910124598

About the Author: Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson has been shortlisted in the Mslexia Womens Novel Awardthe Asham Award and the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition She has been longlisted in the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Bath Short Story Award Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and been performed at many festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and on BBC RadioShe was n.

10 thoughts on “Truestory

  1. Shelley Day Sclater Shelley Day Sclater says:

    I read this lovely book over two days this weekend a welcome relief from the rolling bad news after the attacks in Paris It's ultimately a hopeful book but at the same time it doesn't shy away from the nitty gritty nasty bits of family life yes it's set on a remote farm and yes the boy is by no means easy but the family dynamics and the claustrophobia felt by the mother and the distant bewildered incomprehension of the dad they're things you can spot in ANY family if you look close enough And Catherine Simpson does look closely; she homes in on the funny bits and the tragic bits and the hopes and the dreams which all makes for a wonderful satisfying story It's hard to believe this is a debut I'm very much looking forward to her next one

  2. Josie Josie says:

    I really enjoyed reading this up until around the final 25 pages I'm not sure how to sum up how I feel about the ending because it seemed uite abrupt and left me at a cross between having many uestions and also just feeling that the book could've just given another 75 pages to round out the book in a way it deservedThe book was a very close observation of a family living with autism and I felt that this was done very wellI think Larry's exit was just a little too abrupt and left you feeling both sort changed and frustrated that it's conclusion was wrapped up in such a waySet in Lancashire where I am from it was nice to read something from homeI'd be keen to read of Catherine Simpson's books although I don't believe there are any at this time

  3. Mark O& Mark O& says:

    This a really well written novel by a new author who displays great confidence and control of her workI was drawn to the novel by the subject matter Having encountered a number of people from very small children to young adults with autism in my own working life I was impressed by the authenticity of Simpson's portrayal of Sam I then looked for her online and found a number of press articles about her and the Genesis of the novel and was not surprised to learn she has raised a child with Asperger's Syndrome Authenticity is all very well but this novel ticks so many boxes The characters are well drawn and appealing and the three main adult characters are all sufficiently complex to be realistic No one is too good to be true and no one is all badThe story rips along at a good pace making the book hard to put down and while it tugs at the emotions there are many moments of humour especially Sam's online exchanges which his parents know nothing about and provide him with some of the worst advice to be found anywhereAnyone who has raised a child with any condition that might have left them feeling isolated might draw comfort and hope from this novel But it will be a pleasure for anyone to read

  4. Julie Julie says:

    I love this book with a passion I read it in two sittings and here I am a week later still thinking about the characters I miss them The book is beautifully crafted which had me gripped from the outset I was really looking forward to reading it after the first sitting It was both a funny and poignant story As a parent with a child with Additional Needs I found the story touching and I really connected with Alice and Sam I am so looking forward to Ms Simpson's next book What an amazing first novel

  5. Joanne Joanne says:

    Truestory tells the story of Alice married to Duncan and mother of Sam living on an isolated Lancashire farm Eleven year old Sam is autistic and hasn't left the farm for many years His father finds it difficult to cope with his behaviour leaving Alice the exhausting work of trying to educate Sam and run the farmhouse She is only able to leave for two hours each week always on the same day and time which Sam can just about tolerate Into this life comes wanderer Larry a stranger who Duncan has met in the pub and brings home enthusiastic about a harebrained money making schemeCatherine Simpson conveys perfectly just how trapped Alice feels She desperately needs that two hours a week to escape her everyday life yet at the same times dreads them as she never knows what she is going back to Alice feels trapped too in her marriage and dreams of leaving the farm altogether but knows that Sam can't leave adding to her despair at her life I found this short extract very moving Alice describes how her world had shrunk to the same size as Sam's I lost touch with friends It was easier to let go of my old life and live the kind of life Sam demanded And really what choice did I have I really felt her own loneliness and isolation reading this and felt so sad for her Catherine Simpson says this story was inspired by her own child's autism and I feel that because of this it is a very insightful book I was uite horrified at the reactions of some of the medical and support workers and random strangers in the supermarket who Alice encountered when Sam was younger and just beginning to show his problems interacting with the world I expect many parents with children who have autism have similar tales to tell very sadSam is a great character Like many autistic children he is very bright and has a remarkable memory Unable to go to school Alice tries her best to educate him at home and he gets most of his information from the internet I think we all know how unreliable the internet is but for Sam if it's on the internet it's true His straightforward view of his world did make me smile uite often with his very literal interpretation of what people said He is obsessed with maps drawing and redrawing the farm and the nearby areas he deems safe He does have dreams of leaving the farm and visiting places he reads about but the thought also terrifies him When Larry breezes into his world rather than disrupting Sam's life as Alice expects somehow he makes a connection with him and encourages him to dream and make a wish list of places he would like to go Sam's interactions on an internet Forum were a great insight into how his mind worked and also the minds of the other forum users who you uickly come to know I really enjoyed following Alice and Sam's life in Truestory I found it to be a uirky insightful and thought provoking book It really made me think about what it must be like to live with a child who has autism As much as the child is trapped by their routines and need for safety so too is the parent But although there is much about being trapped there is too the hope that there is possibility of escape for Alice and Sam Not just a literal escape from the farm but also the chance to escape from the rigid routines demanded by Sam's autism A moving well crafted engaging debut novel I will look forward to reading what Catherine Simpson writes in futureMy thanks to the author for giving me a copy of her book to review

  6. M C M C says:

    This book is set in the 21st century with cell phones yet the characters including doctors nurses educators health care workers etc are completely ignorant of any of the symptoms of autism Although the book is technically well written the huge glaring omission by the characters of any knowledge of the symptoms of autism make this a frustratingly poor read

  7. Scarlet Letter Scarlet Letter says:

    Loved it I've known a few people with autism and most of them found the worst part to be other people's reactions to them The lack of awareness and understanding about it even to this day is real and shameful Sam's character goes a long way to opening people's minds and hearts to others like Sam Thanks for raising awareness

  8. Alice Hamilton-Cox Alice Hamilton-Cox says:

    This book while at times heart breaking is endearing and funnyDisclaimer I work for the publisher Views are my own

  9. Nic Outterside Nic Outterside says:

    TruestoryBy Catherine SimpsonPaperbackOn a remote Lancashire farm eleven year old Sam seeks answers to life’s big uestions His mother Alice’s own life is dictated by Sam’s strange ways The story that follows has many twists and turns but remains true as a close observation of a family living with autismThe truth which is the backbone to the story is due to the fact it was inspired by author Catherine Simpson’s own experiences is raising her daughter Nina who is autisticCatherine’s story walks a fine balance between fiction and autobiography and ultimately succeeds in every way In doing so it captivates the reader within the plot and a greater understanding of autismThe family dynamics and the claustrophobia felt by the mother and the bewildered incomprehension of the father are also things you can spot in any family but here they are given a uniueness all of their ownTruestory is a tale of love and sacrifice and in turn blackly comic heart breaking and heart warmingBut ultimately it is a story of hope and one of the finest books I have read in a very long timeHighly recommended

  10. Dennis Dennis says:

    I know the author has won some recent awards and the majority rate it over 4 stars I enjoyed it and was entertained till the end but I just had some trouble with willingly suspending my disbelief with respect to feasibility of the plot and actions within the unrealized obvious love triangle created by the adults Maybe the weed growing was meant to explain I don't know Samthe handicapped son should have been the hardest to portray yet his characterand his mother's existence with him was excellently written and perhaps creates the sympathy and or empathy to induce all the 4 star ratings I don't like writing negative reviews

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