An interview with Kathy Lette about her new novel, Best Laid Plans

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Jules and I were so delighted to be asked onto Loose Women to talk about the inspiration behind my new novel Best Laid Plans.

It tells the story of an autistic boy’s search for love and intimacy – highlighting the fact that when it comes to sex, we all have special needs right? The novel is a comedic confection but the opening chapter in which a middle-aged, middle-class Mum  gets arrested while kerb-crawling to pick up a prostitute for her autistic son, is based on reality.

The interview was pre-recorded, and went really well. Jules , who plays Jason on BBC’s Holby City, was both charming and illuminating (he’s a great campaigner for autistic charities) but, unfortunately, half way through the screened interview, just as Julius started to speak, the sound evaporated. What’s worse, viewers presumed it was because Jules had said something inappropriate, which did cast autistic people in a bad light.

So, just to set the record straight, here is the full interview. And, as I’m sure you’ll see, Jules was poised and articulate and also, quite funny. I couldn’t be more proud of him and of what he’s achieved. And for helping me to promote not just my new novel, Best Laid Plans, (she says, dropping her own name!) but also for helping to take the stigma out of autism.


You can watch the full interview here


Click here to read some of the comments from my readers


  • Hi
    I am writing to invite Kathy Lette to speak at an event I am organising which will take place in Central London on Thursday 1st February 2017 between 1.00 pm and 4.30 pm.

    I am a solicitor who specialises in Special Educational Needs Law with my colleague, Miss Imelda Brennan and for the last 20 years we have helped parents and carers of children and young adults with special educational needs. Each year we organise an Experts’ Forum inviting professionals who work in this area, charities and representatives from special schools to attend. It is an informal event and approximately 40 professionals attend. Previously Dame Tanny Grey-Thompson attended and spoke about her personal experience within the educational system which was very well received by the audience.

    For the event in 2018, I would like to invite Ms Lette to attend and speak about her experience as a parent of a young adult who has a diagnosis of autism and I would be delighted if she could join us and share her experience with the attendees. I would also be delighted if Jules could attend and speak about his experience of working as an actor on Holby City.

    I look forward to hearing from you regarding our request and, if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Dear Kathy,

    I have high end Aspergers and always been single. I 46.

    I considering a Sex worker,but want to make right choice when searching internet for local Sex workers. Is street prostitutes a bad idea? I read internet and believe independent escort is best at around £100 per hour.

    What is your advice?


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