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The Electricity of Every Living Thing by Katherine May

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To coincide with the paperback launch of her book The Electricity of Every Living Thing, Katherine May joins us to talk about her experiences walking the 630-mile South West Coast Path while coming to terms with her diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.  

In August 2015, Katherine May began the epic walk. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she couldn’t meet. Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer began to unfold. On route to Margate, Katherine listened to a radio programme about adult autism that sparked the realisation that she had Asperger’s Syndrome. Things then began to fall into place – could this explain the white-outs, the excruciating confusion around social contact, the electric feeling of every living thing?


The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far - a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself.