Comedy writer Sara Gibbs pens autism memoir

Friday 30th October 2020, 12:30pm

  • Drama Queen, a memoir by comedy writer Sara Gibbs, focuses on growing up with autism
  • Available to pre-order now, it will be published on 13th May 2021
  • Gibbs says: "I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share this story"
Sara Gibbs.

Sara Gibbs is to publish Drama Queen, a "compelling and funny" book about her experiences of growing up with autism.

The memoir will be published in May 2021.

The blurb explains: "During the first thirty years of her life, comedy script writer Sara Gibbs had been labelled a lot of things - a crybaby, a scaredy cat, a spoiled brat, a weirdo, a show off - but more than anything else, she'd been called a Drama Queen. No one understood her behaviour, her meltdowns or her intense emotions. She felt like everyone else knew a social secret that she hadn't been let in on; as if life was a party she hadn't been invited to. Why was everything so damn hard?

"Little did Sara know that, at the age of thirty, she would be given one more label that would change her life's trajectory forever. That one day, sitting in a doctor's office, she would learn that she has never been a drama queen, or a weirdo, but she has always been autistic."

Publishing company Headline says: "In this hilarious, compelling and shocking memoir, Sara looks back through her childhood, her teenage years into adulthood and considers the embarrassing, heartbreaking and hilarious moments that make complete sense now she knows she is, in fact, not quite like everyone else, after all. Drama Queen is both a tour inside one autistic brain and a declaration that a diagnosis on the spectrum is no barrier to life full of love, laughter and success. It is the story of one woman trying to fit into a world that rejects her and, most importantly, it's about a life of labels, and the joy of ripping them off one by one."

Publisher Sarah Emsley told The Bookseller: "I knew I wanted to publish this book from the very first page I read. Sara is a hugely talented comedy writer and her eye-opening book is both funny and heart breaking, giving us a glimpse below the judgement and difficulties that autistic people have to live with to the complex, relatable and fantastic life of the person underneath."

Gibbs has written for shows including The Mash Report, Have I Got News For You and Dead Ringers. She says: "Working with Sarah and the team at Headline has been one of the greatest joys of my career to date. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share this story and to have had such incredible support and encouragement in telling it. While I certainly don't speak for all autistic people, I do hope that this book helps to demystify one autistic experience and to help other misunderstood drama queens feel that it speaks to their experiences and that they are heard. If just one person understands themselves or a loved one better for reading this, I will be delighted."

Drama Queen will be published in hardback, e-book and audiobook formats on 13th May 2021.


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Sara Gibbs - Drama Queen

Sara Gibbs - Drama Queen

During the first thirty years of her life, comedy script writer Sara Gibbs had been labelled a lot of things - a crybaby, a scaredy cat, a spoiled brat, a weirdo, a show off - but more than anything else, she'd been called a Drama Queen. No one understood her behaviour, her meltdowns or her intense emotions. She felt like everyone else knew a social secret that she hadn't been let in on; as if life was a party she hadn't been invited to. Why was everything so damn hard?

Little did Sara know that, at the age of thirty, she would be given one more label that would change her life's trajectory forever. That one day, sitting in a doctor's office, she would learn that she has never been a drama queen, or a weirdo, but she has always been autistic.

In this hilarious, compelling and shocking memoir, Sara looks back through her childhood, her teenage years into adulthood and considers the embarrassing, heartbreaking and hilarious moments that make complete sense now she knows she is, in fact, not quite like everyone else, after all. Drama Queen is both a tour inside one autistic brain and a declaration that a diagnosis on the spectrum is no barrier to life full of love, laughter and success. It is the story of one woman trying to fit into a world that rejects her and, most importantly, it's about a life of labels, and the joy of ripping them off one by one.

First published: Thursday 13th May 2021

  • Publisher: Headline
  • Pages: 256
  • Catalogue: 9781472274342

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