About me

I'm a journalist, author and campaigner. For more than 15 years I've worked for an international news agency, reporting business, politics and trade from Paris to Washington to London via Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. I started blogging about life with my daughter Grace after she was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The blog, Grace Under Pressure, took off as many parents identified with our experiences.

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The Book

In October 2012 my blog was published as a book by Little, Brown (Piatkus) to enthusiastic reviews. It was subsequently published in the United States by New World Library in August 2013. I am now working on my second book, a novel.

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 "Very powerful, very moving, and an important contribution to better understanding of a much misunderstood condition" Alastair Campbell

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Advocacy & advice

I am an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and run support groups for girls with Aspergers in my borough. I also work closely with Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, and am also a patron of TreeHouse School for children who have a diagnosis of autism. I write regular comment pieces and undertake media and speaking engagements.