‘Crowds upset me, eggs upset me, dirt upset me. I was incredibly lonely’ – Geek Girl author Holly Smale on being diagnosed with autism at 39

The ‘Geek Girl’ author Holly Smale built a career writing about a character with autism without realising she was autistic herself. Now 41, she’s keen to rise awareness of autism in women and girls, which is often misdiagnosed

Author Holly Smale. Picture by David Myers

Holly Smale

“Congratulations. You’re autistic.”