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Reaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism

Awards for Reaching One Thousand

  • Shortlisted for the 2013 National Biography Award.

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About the author

Rachel Robertson

Rachel Robertson lectures in professional writing and publishing at Curtin University. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Best Australian Essays, Australian Book Review, Griffith Review and Island. …

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Praise for Reaching One Thousand

‘Rachel Robertson has achieved something incredible with Reaching One Thousand. Infused with lyricism, love, respect, nuance and open-minded curiosity, this is the best book I've read about a parent seeking to understand the interior life of her child, and the experience of autism. An intimate and moving tour de force.’ Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National

‘Deeply touching but never sentimental, this remarkable book is more than a story of one boy and his mother. It’s a thoughtful meditation on the intricate workings of the human mind and heart.’ Toni Jordan

‘This is the best kind of memoir – there is a beautiful calm clarity that drew me in, and held me until the end.’ Georgia Blain

‘Reaching One Thousand is an exceptional achievement. Rachel Robertson’s deeply moving story of raising her autistic son has a kind of quiet truthfulness, born of uncommon powers of observation, wry humour, a capacity to pay attention to what matters, and a fine moral intelligence.’ Anne Manne, author of Motherhood and The Story of I

‘Robertson eloquently captured not just the trials of autism but also the rewards of being exposed to her son’s unique view of the world.’ —Weekend Australian