EVE by Debbie Roxburgh

Eve has autism and struggles to cope in a world of emotional conflict and family turmoil.

Life is difficult for Eve. Julia, her mother is depressed and regularly ups and leaves whilst her father, Robert struggles to keep the family together. Unable to communicate her feelings of rejection, she builds a 'book wall' in her room which she takes refuge behind when things get too much for her.

Eve's father takes on the role of single parent when her mother fails to return home. He begins to find ways of coping with his daughter's challenging needs and a fragile bond of understanding is formed.

But when Eve spots her mother with another man feelings of rejection come flooding back and all her father's hard work begins to unravel.






  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 25, 2013
  • Last updated April 16, 2015
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  • MauriceR's avatar
    MauriceR wrote 1 week, 6 days ago
    Hi Debbie I’ve read up to the end of ch. 6 so far and definitely intend to keep going. I downloaded a fresh copy yesterday, so I think I have the latest. There haven’t been any problems with reading it on the Kindle. You’re clearly well past the typo-spotting stage, which is probably just as well as it’s a working weekend for me so I’ve been reading it in between bouts of work. Think of it as a sort of ...
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    Angela J Elliott wrote 1 month ago

    I found myself completely enraptured with Eve and could have gone on reading forever, if it wasn't for the fact that this is an extract. Interestingly, no one has reviewed it for two months and before that 8 months. I really don't know why. It's very beautifully observed.

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  • Sebnem's avatar
    Sebnem wrote 4 days, 18 hours ago

    Sorry Eve slipped down the ED. I hope it recovers soon.
    Best wishes,

    Sebnem

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  • MauriceR's avatar
    MauriceR wrote 1 week, 1 day ago
    Hi Debbie, I’ve finished all you have posted. I was going to say that family sagas are not my usual reading, but now that I think about it, that’s not really true. So while Eve tends to steals the show when she appears, the whole inter-generational family story aspect of it was a big part of what makes the story work for me. I liked the way the relationships gradually evolved as it went along. As a male reader, it ...
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    nese wrote 1 week, 2 days ago

    Wonderful story, happy to have on my shelf. All for a good cause...xxx

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  • Rachel O'Regan's avatar
    Rachel O'Regan wrote 2 weeks ago
    EVE is an insightful and heartfelt read - almost unbearably so. There is a level of detachment in the third person narration that makes you feel Eve's pain so keenly, with interjections of her unique and beautiful thought processes. The reader knows that Eve is an intelligent character, disabled by society's impatience and misunderstanding, who has the capacity for limitless imagination that the author explores with confidence and vibrancy. If only society could see it, this character could see justice ...
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    Su Dan wrote 3 months ago

    interesting and well told piece. the subject matter is especially telling, as autism is so misunderstood... l hope this book does well...
    SU DAN

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  • Pippa Whitethorn's avatar
    Pippa Whitethorn wrote 9 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hi Debbie, I read the first 5 chapters of this because the tag line caught my attention. I used to work closely with an autistic teen and I wondered how you'd manage to convey the very confusing world those with autism sometimes struggle with. You've done an amazing job. This is so well written and manages to convey so much with so few words. I made some notes - just my thoughts as I read - ignore what isn't helpful ...
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    Tula wrote 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hi Debbie My little dog is sick, so I've spent the day sitting with her, and I've had time to read everything you've posted on Eve. What a story it is - I was immediately drawn into her world and I like the way you've broken up the short, sharp paragraphs with her thoughts. I did wonder at first whether her actions around her mother's bed were a little old for a four-year-old, but then these children are able to ...
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    katie78 wrote 10 months ago
    i finally came back for more! at the beginning of chapter four, you use the phrase "developed a fixation" which sounds much more clinical than the rest of the chapter. the parts not in italics, while not directly in eve's pov, seem filtered through her and i'm not sure this is how she'd describe it. as for the lines in italics, i'm not sure what they add here. 'eve no like school' is an unnecessary observation and even if this ...
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    mikegilli wrote 10 months, 1 week ago
    Eve is a captivating and entertaining story, not at all a worthy treatise, and the reader is left supporting Eve all the way against the cruel and ignorant world. The technique worked well for me, of using the contrast between a few awkward misunderstood words and her intelligent special thinking. I know this is finished but I was surprised at the 3 chapters about Robert near the end of the uploaded part, I would have interspersed them to link more ...
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    blueheart wrote 10 months, 2 weeks ago
    Reading on as enjoyed the first chapter so much. C2 has Eve's clothing being labelled wrongly by her mother - this could be an analogy with the labelling of Eve herself? Or how she is wrongly perceived by the outside world. Seems to be a communication breakdown between Eve and her mother - superbly illustrated by the fear of a label being sewn into Eve's neck. 'mouse-child' - great You effectively highlight sensory detail that is significant to Eve - ...
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    Max China wrote 11 months ago
    Chapter 2. One year on. More views and disjointed glimpses ... so effective, conveying volumes in a few carefully chosen words. The vicious circle created by the note-taking to record Eve's behaviour and then her hypersensitve reaction to the noise the pen makes scratching on the paper, causing more note-taking is keenly observed and heightens awareness of the sort of problems autistic children can face. By the end of the chapter, the writer has cleverly revealed that whilst poor Eve's ...
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    Max China wrote 11 months ago

    Chapter 1. The space between paragraphs is stark, yet marks out Eve's isolation so effectively and how poignant is it to be inside the head of a child in this predicament ... beautifully written and realistically portrayed.

    I will continue with chapter 2 in a short while.

    Max

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    Debbie R Author wrote 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Hock
    Thank you for your comments on EVE.
    I work with children and young adults who have autism and have drawn on that experience to create Eve.
    The book is written from 3 viewpoints - Julia is Eve's mother and Robert is her father. They have chapters headed with their names to clarify this and their stories interlink with Eve's.

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    hockgtjoa wrote 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I don't know how the author knows this is what to be autistic but it doesn't matter. This is well written and harrowing. Will back in June.
    p.s. I am mystified by the Julia chapters.

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  • blueheart's avatar
    blueheart wrote 11 months, 2 weeks ago
    Absorbed by the intensity of this first chapter. I felt totally inside Eve's bewildering world and yet thanks to the skillful third person narration was also able to get an understanding of her from a 'normal' perspective. Love the thoughts in italics. Bold, surprising writing. Quibbles - 'anxious veins' 'tiny hummingbird heart' - cut tiny? Also the use of 'she' detracts a bit from the very effective penultimate sentence of C1 'Eve's greatest fear...' is slightly jarring - isn't a ...
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    Nelly Harper [Retired] wrote 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    It is great to see autism described so well. The reader is able to fully empathise with Eve and understand how comforting her strange behaviours are.
    Having brought up a daughter who is borderline autistic, with clear autistic communication but only diagnosed aged 20 I can really relate to Eve.
    Congratulations on an excellent start, I will be back to read more very soon

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    PurpleProse wrote 11 months, 4 weeks ago
    Hi there. Have read the first three chapters and I think you create the world of Eve very impressively. I like the way that you have Eve's thoughts in italics and give the reader a sense of how difficult it is for her to understand the world she lives in. The writing flows very easily and smoothly and the reader is carried along by the strong sense of sympathy that you engender for the chlld, born to struggle. I did ...
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  • A.D. Michael's avatar
    A.D. Michael wrote 12 months ago

    I really love the first chapter -- I'm there with her, in the room. I get a real feel for the little girl and her anxieties regarding mother. It seems a sad tale at the moment but I guess there is a lot more in store.
    Thanks
    AD Micheal

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