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Book Title: Dear Miss Landau|
The author of the book: James Christie
Edition: Andrews UK
Date of issue: June 12th 2013
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The true story of the Rain Man who came in from the cold.
Every morning James Christie puts on a blue rugby shirt and jeans. His wardrobe is full of identical outfits. Every day he eats the same meal and drinks from the same mug. These are not ingrained habits, but survival strategies. For James, coping with new experiences feels like smashing his head through a plate glass window. The only relief comes from belting the heavy bag at the boxing club or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s an autistic man lost in a neuro-typical world. Differently wired. Alien.
Despite a high IQ, it seems he’ll spend the next 20 years cleaning toilets. But then his life takes an amazing turn – from a Glasgow tenement to a rendezvous with a Hollywood star on Sunset Boulevard.
On that road trip across America, the man who feels he lacks a soul will find it. Eight time zones and 5,000 miles away, he has a date with the actress who played Drusilla, the kooky vampire who changed his life when he saw her in a Buffy episode.
Drusilla has no soul either. And maybe that’s the attraction. But Drusilla is fictional. The lady he’ll see on Sunset is Juliet Landau. She’s real, and that’s a very different proposition…
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Read information about the authorI was born in 1964, graduated from Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education with a Third Class degree in creative writing, but also with College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body and the college community”. After travelling around Australia for a year, I took a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies at Thames Valley University in 1992, catalogued the private library collection of a stately home and worked as a law librarian for some years in Glasgow.
I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2002 and shortly thereafter began to take a focused interest in Drusilla the vampire, a character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wrote a quartet of fan-fiction stories (Drusilla’s Roses, Drusilla’s Redemption, Drusilla Revenant and Spike & Dru : the Graveyard of Empires) which further developed the character of Drusilla.
In 2010, I took a Buffy-themed Greyhound bus trip across America with the support of the National Autistic Society Scotland, the story of which, together with descriptions of my difficulties living as an autistic adult in a neuro-typical world, was published by Chaplin Books in 2012.
I made a second crossing in 2012, a third in 2013 and intend to make a fourth (and perhaps last) journey in 2016.
In the meantime, Dear Miss Landau has been recorded by me as an audiobook, and is currently being turned into a stage musical by a highly-experienced composer and lyricist. I currently write for the Huffington Post and my second novel, The Legend of John Macnab, (my Great Scottish Novel!) came out in 2015.
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