Jeanette Purkis is born in England in 1974. She moves to Australia in the 1980s and has continuing struggles fitting in with her peers at school. As a teenager, Jeanette joins the Socialist Party and spends her time away from home, attending protests and other socialist-type things. Through the Socialist movement, Jeanette meets a criminal and ends up in prison after committing an armed robbery. In prison Jeanette learns that she has something called Asperger Syndrome - a condition related to autism - that has caused many of her difficulties in relating to people and understanding human behaviour. Jeanette refuses to accept her diagnosis and drifts through several years of criminal activity and drug use. She hits rock bottom and decides to turn her life around, enrolling in therapy courses, then art school, on her release from a subsequent prison sentence in 2000. Jeanette accepts her diagnosis and completes her Honours degree in fine art, then writes the book.
This report prepared by Jeanette Purkis