This is a rundown of the separate books Luke has written – images are available on request, on the Jessica Kingsley Publishers (www.jkp.com) website, or from Amazon.
Writing from a very young age, Luke first began writing on Autism intervention with the User Guide to the GC/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. Containing everything from guidance on how to follow the diet, its health and relevant behavioural implications when it comes to Autism, and recipes to follow to make things a little bit easier. The book is balanced between medical reference and anecdotes, and aims to make a heavily clinical subject matter easier to digest, if you’ll excuse the pun.
The second, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence became heavily popular and was instrumental in making Asperger’s Syndrome a household name. Winner of the NASEN and Times Education Supplement Child Author Award, the book detailed everything from diagnosis, fixations and fascinations, through to friendships and more. Light-hearted and humorous, the book made Asperger’s accessible, reaching out to anyone who wanted to learn about the syndrome with first-hand experience on the subject. Topping a hundred thousand copies sold in the UK, the book has been translated for and sold in numerous countries around the world, is compulsory reading for a number of academic courses, and bolsters the talks by Luke throughout England and the UK.
Crystalline Lifetime: Fragments of Asperger’s Syndrome was the third book written sometime later, and was a conglomerate of poems and photos put together as part of a creative project completely headed by the author from the ground up; everything from the format to graphics for the book cover were designed and headed personally.
Luke is currently working on his fourth book, a working sequel to Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome. Where the second book focused on adolescence and early to mid-teenage years, the sequel focuses on adulthood, covering everything from peer pressure, drugs, employment, and sex and dating.