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Webchat with Kathy Lette, now Wednesday 17 April, 1-2pm

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GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 27-Mar-13 17:56:14

We're thrilled that the feisty and funny queen of puns and one-liners will be joining us for a live webchat on Wednesday 10 April. Kathy Lette is the author of 10 comic novels, which have been translated into 14 languages.

She'll be coming in to GNHQ to mark the paperback publication of her latest, The Boy Who Fell To Earth, about a boy with autism, based on her experiences of having a son with Asperger's. We have five signed copies of the book to give away to gransnetters who post a question.

j08 Wed 27-Mar-13 18:27:21

How can we post a question before we read the book? (that's not meant as a question)

j08 Wed 27-Mar-13 18:29:32

Question: Did you really call your son Merlin?!!!

Quite unusual isn't it.

Gally Wed 27-Mar-13 21:54:25

I thought he was called Julius, or are you asking Geraldine? grin

j08 Wed 27-Mar-13 21:59:02

No. The boy in the book is called Merlin. (looked on Amazon)

j08 Wed 27-Mar-13 22:01:59

Oh yes. It must be a made-up name for the book.

That's good. smile

Pamaga Thu 28-Mar-13 13:04:25

Do you like to read comic novels yourself? If so, who are your favourite authors?

katesheilaskate Thu 28-Mar-13 13:40:31

Have always loved your books - ever since I read about the "zipless fuck". Really looking forward to reading the new one. Is it as raunchy as the others, or have you grown "more mature" like many of us have had to?

nancy22 Thu 28-Mar-13 14:32:02

did you find doing your book a different experience to doing your comic novels?

Grannygee Thu 28-Mar-13 16:10:32

Do you think you have to experience the kinds of things you write about before you can write about them or do you just let your imagination go wild? Were you a 'lively' girl at school? I bet you didn't hide your light under a bushel! grin

inishowen Thu 28-Mar-13 16:32:49

I haven't read any of your books yet. I will make a point of finding some and seeing what you're all about!

Kennedy Fri 29-Mar-13 09:47:55

It's good to have you here Kathy. Great books by a great author.

Vidubo Fri 29-Mar-13 19:06:21

So you've jumped off from David Bowie's SciFi film, The Man Who Fell to Earth, with your own title? That suggests a certain ambivalence and, possibly, a sense that your son's progress is in the hand of the gods. As yet there are no known diseases, only names, for psychological/emotional tendencies (a guess) such as Asberger's and Autism, although the drug companies would probably love to nail a name so they can prescribe drugs at great cost to mask the real symptoms. Just where do you stand with this? What are your hopes for your son? Sympathetic and very interested.

NanSue Sun 31-Mar-13 12:07:45

Love your books Kathy, the first one I ever read was Nip 'n tuck ,it had me hooked. I have just finished the short read Love is Blind.
What made you decide the time was right to write this book based on your son? Was it easier or harder to write than your other books, given the circumstances?

Grannyknot Sun 31-Mar-13 23:47:18

Hi Kathy, I'm a fan, not least because you always have such a broad smile in photos (I've never read any of your books). I wondered whether you've read Debra Ginsberg's book "Raising Blaze" about life with her autistic son. I read it some time ago, having picked it up in a charity shop before I even knew that something like autism existed, and found it very moving. I don't have any personal experience and know very little but am interested in learning more about autism.

My son has been through a very difficult time after he lost his job, and somehow he found his way to volunteering at a centre for autistic children (which is not remotely connected to his profession). Working with the children there has made him very happy and has kept him sane. He loves it and continues to help there despite being back in a job. All the best, Kathy.

Lotie Thu 04-Apr-13 16:16:02

Hello Kathy. I will be honest and admit that I haven't read your comic novels. I am very interested in this new book as I have taught boys with Aspergers. My question is how do you cope with the need for what can be a rigid routine?

BoomerBabe Thu 04-Apr-13 17:26:54

The best and craziest job I ever had was teaching boys with autism in a social communications base attached to a mainstream high school and my question is this: who is the "normal" one, you or your son?!

PatriciaPT Thu 04-Apr-13 17:40:38

Is the novel actually based on your son or simply on your experiences with him. If it is based on him, does he recognise himself?

angwan Thu 04-Apr-13 18:21:31

i look after a gentleman with Aspergers, have you found that people dont understand that their is a problem even though the sufferer looks well.

nonnanna Fri 05-Apr-13 07:18:38

Kathy Lette is a great author. I've read many of her books and tend to think of them as escapist, holiday reading so I'm interested in finding out about this seemingly more serious novel. I wonder if it was painful to put those experiences with Julius and his Aspergers to paper or somewhat cathartic.

mazgoli Fri 05-Apr-13 08:36:31

I have a 31 year old son who sees the world differently to the majority of people. He recently has decided that he is autistic although we have never had a diagnosis. Looking into this further I think that he is more likely to have Aspergers syndrome. I would love to read this book and would like to know how I can guide him towards getting a formal diagnosis, when every time I suggest something he thinks that I am controlling him.

Lorianne Fri 05-Apr-13 16:35:28

Hi Kathy. sunshine Do you watch the Doc Martin series and if so what do you think of the main character? From your own experience and bearing in mind that Doc Martin is fictional does he display any noticeable signs of Asperger's?

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 09-Apr-13 21:04:05

Due to unforseen circumstances we have had to postone this temporarily - but rest assured it will be rescheduled very soon. Full details to follow

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 10-Apr-13 21:36:35

We are delighted to confirm that this will take place on Weds 17 April 1-2pm so keep it free grin

Enviousamerican Wed 10-Apr-13 22:23:36

Does Asperger's have different severities like Autism?