Born On a Blue Day

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Hodder & Stoughton, Feb 22, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
'I was born on 31 January 1979 - a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday, because the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing.' Like the character Hoffman portrayed, he can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways Daniel is not all like the Rain Man. He is virtually unique amongst people who have severe autisitic disorders in being capable of living a fully-functioning, independent life. It is this incredible self-awareness and ability to communicate what it feels like to live in a totally extraordinary way that makes BORN ON A BLUE DAY so powerful.

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Born on a Blue Day is a memoir written by Daniel Tammet. It covers Daniels journey in embracing and conquering his autism. He wrote this book to teach others to do the same with their own differences ... Read full review

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Tammets story is fascinating and kept me interested. He writes in a style that is easy to read. You can get a better understanding of his mind which is often a complete mystery with others on the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Daniel Tammet is an essayist, novelist and translator. He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the Sunday Times bestseller Born On A Blue Day. Tammet is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He lives in Paris.

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