After he was finally diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was in his forties, James Charles was able to come to terms with the struggles and unique emotions he had faced his entire life, and shares his journey in a personal and spiritual memoir about overcoming obstacles and finding beauty in adversity. 

1965 – Born in Luton, England to Irish parents Vincent and Kathleen Charles


1971 – Attend primary school at St Margaret’s, Farley Hill, Luton


1972 – Attend National school in Rossan, Aughavas, County Leitrim following family returning to Ireland


1979 – Finish National school in Rossan to attend Secondary school at Moyne County Longford


1983 – After a number of secondary school changes I finally settled in Marian College, Mohill, County Leitrim


1986 – Returned to England in order to seek employment


2001 – Diploma in Higher Education in Registered Nursing (Mental Health),Staffordshire University, Stafford, England


2002 – Got married to Helen in Wolverhampton, England


2010 – First made aware of being possibly autistic following communication concerns in nursing


2012 – Finally assessed by an autistic specialist                                  

2015 – First book published – Becoming Unique