Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

Author: Naoki Higashida
In this book, Naoki Higashida shares his thoughts and experiences as a 24-year-old man living each day with severe autism.

Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted.

Acutely aware of how strange his behaviour can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.

With an introduction by novelist David Mitchell, “Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8” also includes a dreamlike short story Higashida wrote, especially for this edition. Both moving and of practical use, the book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humour. However often he falls down, he always gets back up.