Recommended Books about Savant Syndrome

Books About Savant Syndrome

Autism and the Savant Hypothesis: The Evolution of Human Cognition and Mind
Thomas J. Fabricius
llama, LLC.; Dubuque, Iowa (2012)

Bright Splinters of the Mind
Beate Hermelin
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.; London (2001)

Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome
Darold Treffert; Lincoln, Nebraska (1988/2000/2006)

Fragments of Genius 
Michael Howe
Routledge; London (1989)

Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired, and Sudden Savant
Darold Treffert
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc; London (2010)

Biographies About Specific Savants

"I want to be ARTIST": An Autistic Savant's Voice and a Mother's Dream Transformed onto Canvas
(Ebook update: EPUB format now available at Barnes & Noble, Booktopia, and Kobo)
Sarah SH LEE (Author), Rosa C. Martinez (Editor) (Foreword by Dr. Treffert)
Siew Hong Lee (2017)

In the Key of Genius: The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini
Adam Ockelford
Hutchinson; London (2007)

The Life and Message of the Real Rain Man: Journey of a Mega-Savant 
Fran Peek
National Professional Resources; Port Chester, New York (2007)

May's Boy: An Incredible Story of Love
Shirlee Monty
Thomas Nelson, Inc.; Nashville, Tennessee (1981)

The Mind of a Savant: Language, Learning and Modularity
Neil Smith and Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli
Blackwell Publishers; Oxford (1995)

The Music of Light: The Extraordinary Story of Hikari and Kenzaburo Oe
Cameron Lindsley
Free Press; New York (1998)

Nadia Revisited: A Longitudinal Study of an Autistic Savant
Lorna Selfe
Psychology Press; New York (2011)

The Real Rain Man, Kim Peek
Fran Peek
Harkness; Salt Lake City, Utah (1996)

Some Kind of Genius: The Extraordinary Journey of Musical Savant Tony DeBlois
Janice DeBlois and Antonia Felix
Rodale, Inc.; New York (2005)

Autobiographical Books and Art Books by Individual Savants

Blackstock’s Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant 
Gregory Blackstock
Princeton Architectural Press; New York (2006)
(Foreword by Dr. Treffert)

Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir Inside the Mind of an Autistic Savant 
Daniel Tammet
Hodder and Stoughton, London; Free Press, New York; 2006
(Foreword by Dr. Treffert)

Stephen Wiltshire
J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd.; London (1987)

Emergence: Labeled Autistic: A True Story
Temple Grandin
Arena Press; Novato, California (1986)

Floating Cities
Stephen Wiltshire
Summit Books; New York (1991)

Struck by genius: how a brain injury made me a mathematical marvel
Jason Padgett
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Boston (2014)

Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from my Life with Autism 
Temple Grandin
Vintage Books; New York (1996; Expanded Edition, 2006)



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