Tuesday, 3 January 2017

600 Hours of Edward (Edward #1) by Craig Lancaster

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’s classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.

I had chosen this book for a challenge. It has been told to me that this is a great book and I should read it (even though I've never read Flowers For Algernon before).

I have a daughter who has autism, which is why this draws me to this book at this time as I've also watched programmes to do with special needs people. I have laughed at parts of the book and also hated his father at times for what he has put his son Edward through. I would love to read more of the author's books over the next few months. I also loved where Edward stands up for himself against his father and things in general.

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