Friday, July 17th, 2009...11:31 am
Broughton Street Bookshop (Edinburgh)
It has been over twenty years since I visited my mother’s ancestral home (her father was a McVey) in Edinburgh, Scotland, but on my next journey there I will visit Broughton Street Bookshop.
Proprietor Brian Rafferty opened the shop because he was unsuccessful in securing career employment in information technology for which he has the necessary qualifications. It is likely that his candor in his job application cover letters–describing his having Asperger’s syndrome, a condition along the autism spectrum, information that he was not required to provide–scotched his getting any interviews.
People with Asperger’s syndrome typically are very focused, possessing detailed knowledge about a narrow range of topics, and having difficulty navigating social cues and skills.
In other words they behave like engineers and college or university professors.
Mr. Rafferty’s story is featured in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, by Judith Woods. A portion of the store’s proceeds go to the National Autistic Society.
The Broughton Street Bookshop may be found at 44 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. I could not find a Web site or email contact for the story and welcome readers’ providing me with that information.