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Charlotte Moore, author of George and Sam, and Sheila Barton, author of Living with Jonathan, took part in a joint live online Q & A on 7 November 2012. They answered questions about their lives as mums to children with autism and their books. You can read the transcript below.
Charlotte Moore was born in 1959. After reading English at Oxford and History of Art at Birkbeck College, she became a teacher for twelve years. She is now a full-time writer and has published several novels, as well as a children's biography of Florence Nightingale. For two years she wrote a highly acclaimed column called Mind the Gap in the Guardian. She lives in Sussex with her three children, George, Sam and Jake. Her novels include George and Sam, Grandmother's Footsteps and her latest book Hancox: a House and a Family.
Sheila Barton has worked as a teacher and lecturer as well as a senior manager in various national charities. She has been on the executive council of the National Autistic Society and is an experienced public speaker. Sheila has taken part in TV and live radio interviews on autism. Her many articles have appeared in the Guardian, the Observer and the Times Educational Supplement and elsewhere. She and her son have been featured in Take a Break, the Bath Chronicle and Communication Magazine. Sheila’s book, Living with Jonathan, was published in September 2012.