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Bestselling Author Kathy Lette Talks About Her Books And Upcoming Tour
Making Light of Autism and Lust – Best-laid Plans, by Kathy Lette
Although she's previously received one from Southampton Solent University, this was from her hometown, so held special meaning for her. So much so she didn't want to take the graduation bonnet off, she said, ultimately requiring her sisters to stage an intervention. Although Lette's been living in the UK for almost three decades, she retains a sense of unabashed irreverence. It's something she enjoys about Australian culture, she says, the fact we're brimming with irony, humour and optimism, but with some skepticism thrown in for good measure. Dark humour is certainly a tool she wields throughout her latest novel, Best Laid Plans. The book is centred around Lucy Lulu a middle-aged English teacher and divorced mother to Merlin, a highly intelligent but socially awkward young autistic man.
She hardly writes a sentence without a metaphor or simile, heavily laying on the puns, spoonerisms, obscure words, and double entendres , seemingly without holding back. It gets painful after a while. Speech may convey a sense of incoherence; the conversational style often includes monologues about topics that bore the listener, fails to provide context for comments, or fails to suppress internal thoughts. Individuals with AS may fail to detect whether the listener is interested or engaged in the conversation. This is not my opinion — these are the medical facts. There you are, then. Lette explains:.
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