A Mother, her autistic Son, and the kindness of a machine.

This beautiful memoir chronicles one year in the life of Judith Newman's Autistic 13-year-old son Gus and the people around him. With Judith and her husband keeping separate apartments and adolescent twin boys, Judith's life is far from normal. At the heart of this story is Gus' relationship with Siri. Unlike humans, Siri always has the right answer to Gus' questions, she never runs out of patience and she even teaches him manners. This delightful memoir is both wonderful and unexpected.


As someone who has very little personal experience with autism, this book was such an eye-opening read. I found myself laughing and crying in equal measure.

A lot of what I have seen in regards to autism is on the extreme side; kids screaming because they don't like to be touched or having meltdowns when things are out-of-order. I understand that these are extreme examples yet it is these images that come to mind when I hear about a child with autism.

After reading this book, new images will replace the old. I will see Gus waving at his much who is walking behind him on the way to School, I will see Gus the doorman and Gus the train conductor.

This heartwarming book will both entertain and enlighten a reader.

Judith Newman is a wonderful writer, her humour is perfect in this story, helping the reader navigate what can be an emotional roller coaster read.

With the number of people on the autism spectrum on the rise, this book is an amazing insight into the lives of people with autism and how we as a society are treating them. After reading this book I can see how our images of people with autism need to change.

I can say with 100% certainty that this book has changed me and the way I think about autism. Not many books have the ability to change how we see ourselves and the world around us, To Siri With Love is one of those books that does just that.

To Siri With Love by Judith Newman is an absolute must read.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker