Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “600 Hours of Edward” as Want to Read:
600 Hours of Edward
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

600 Hours of Edward (Edward #1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  6,928 Ratings  ·  984 Reviews
A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one epis ...more
Kindle Edition
Published (first published February 10th 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about 600 Hours of Edward, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Beth Have you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult? It's is still a male with the diagnosis - a son. The book talks a lot about how his mom deals with his…moreHave you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult? It's is still a male with the diagnosis - a son. The book talks a lot about how his mom deals with his disability though. I guess more books are written about boys/men on the Autism spectrum since it is more common for males to be affected than females. But still, there are girls out there with the disability. I agree that there ought to be a book from that standpoint.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
As per usual, I’m sat here contemplating my review. I’m agog at how fortuitous it is that I came to read this book. I’m considering whether any of the characters were flamboyant, austere, tenacious, ostentatious, apoplectic, or exceptional. Through this book, I have discovered that I love the words rambunctiousness, discombobulated, and onomatopoeia, notwithstanding the fact that I struggle to spell the latter, however, that’s no great shakes. I find myself flabbergasted by how much I’m rocking ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fact : On October 26,2012 @ 8:00 P.M I finished reading "600 hours of Edward" my day is complete,but I won't file the book away , I will want to reread it.

Dear Author, I have no complaint,in contrary, I want to thank you for this extraordinary (I love this word) book , for creating a wonderful and unforgettable character such as Edward.

A new favorite, 600 Hours of Edward was an absolutely delightful read that hooked me from the first page. The main character, Edward, is 39 years old and happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD. In this touching story, we get a glimpse into a 25-day period (600 hours), of Edward’s life. It is the story of a challenging father/son relationship, but it is also a coming of age story in a sense, of how change affects Edward's life. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and yet at times so moving I could ...more
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
Apr 30, 2016 ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

This book was just wonderful. It is a book that makes you feel good; a book that makes you think about life, yourself and others; a book that makes you reflect.

The thing that makes me love the books where the MC suffers from a mental illness, is the absence of filters. They are the realest people. They don't refrain their thoughts or their words, they're always direct and they don't BS you. Never! There are no misunderstandings and no dramas.

Edward is a 39 yo man diagnosed as developmentally di
Oct 30, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in my life, I actually felt like a hypochondriac. And for a day I thought I had Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, my every movement tracked and accounted for, as my social skills dropped off a precipitous edge, only to return to normal the next day.

Edward Stanton rocked 600 HOURS OF EDWARD like Mick Jagger in his prime. His head (and mine) filled with numbers, as we tracked weather patterns, wrote letters of discontent, and consumed spaghetti and Diet Dr.
Feb 01, 2016 TL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Shaun
Shelves: favorites
“I tried eHarmony, because I liked the white hair and glasses of that guy on the commercials, and his manner was gentle, but eHarmony told me that the system and it's twenty nine levels of compatibility couldn't find anyone for me.
That hurt my feelings.”

“I prefer facts, but sometimes sense is all you have to go on.”

“I have not seen a man over there, and so I wonder whether my neighbor has a husband or her boy has a father. I would be sad to think that he doesn’t, but having a father isn’t nece
5+++ stars.

A beautifully written story about a 39 yr old man suffering from both OCD and Aspergers syndrome. I have so many emotions about this book, and I really need a few days to process them all before writing a proper review. I will say right now that this was one of the best books I have ever read, and that Edward is by far one of the most endearing characters I have ever been introduced to.


I am going to keep this short and sweet, since it has been a few weeks since i finished this b
Sep 25, 2016 Sofia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sofia by: Maya
Shelves: eagerly-read, 2016

The Triumph of Connection - Connecting any which way possible.

Loved reading this. I've made an Edward shaped place in my heart for him to stay in.

Great writing Mr Lancaster, I even came to expect the necessary data we have to complete every day, quite necessary, it shows where we are. I call the letters of complaint - letters of connection, they are the communication that Edward is unable to have face to face.

I feel quite bereft now that I finished the last page.
May 18, 2013 Noeleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute little gem of a book! Great characters, great story and so very well written. Loved it! Edward is such an adorable character that you absolutely cannot help falling in love with him. There are many laugh out loud moments nicely counterbalanced with many heartbreaking moments, most especially his turbulent relationship with his father. We could all learn lessons from Edward through his thoughts and perspectives on life. I adored his 'letters of complaints' and I want to watch Dra ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was on a bus for about 3 hours, today, so I was glad that I paid $1.99 for the audible add-on. I have never regretted an audible-add on, yet. You can’t beat the kindle-sync feature. The narrator was excellent. I wanted to wait and finish book on my commute over the next few days, but curiosity got the better of me, and I finished it when I got home.

This book is very easy reading. Edward, the main character, is endearing. I’m pretty sure that a real person could not experience so much growth a
Jun 07, 2015 Trudy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS! I just spent 600 delightful, intense, happy, annoying, enlightening, frustrating, hopeful hours , in the life of Edward Staton, a 39 year old man with a developmental disability. Although, people on this spectrum can vary quite a bit, many of Edward's "hours" reminded me of my precious son, Kevin. I'm very thankful for this book, and others, which give people insight into the world of this ever growing, segment of our population. My hope is that people will become more accepting and u ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autism, fiction
It does seem there is rather a trend for novels with autistic narrators written by non-autistic authors, and they seem to go along something like this:

'I woke up at precisely 7:23am - I knew this from turning my head a 90 degree angle and seeing the digital clock on my bedside table. This is two minutes later than the average time I have woken up so far this year (there have been 233 days so far because it's a leap year). I keep a chart of it, along with the numbers of left turns and right turns
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

As I've said here before, although I'm a big fan and champion of small-press, basement-press and self-published books, after reviewing hundreds of them now I've discovered that such designations are largely a self-regulating system, and that 95 percent of these titles were published under the circumstance
Aug 23, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013-read
I'm not sure what I can possibly say about "600 Hours of Edward" that would do it justice.

The author (Craig Lancaster) gives us a clear picture of all the participating characters in such a way, we get to enjoy feeling lost in the story as it happens. There are no paper cut-out characters here, this is fiction you forget is fiction. It's novels like these that make me swoon with awe that someone was able to *create* this. How? How is this possible?

"600 Hours of Edward" is a beautiful journey ev
Heidi Thomas
Jan 01, 2010 Heidi Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I began reading 600 Hours of Edward with a bit of trepidation. This is fellow Montanan, journalist and friend, Craig Lancaster's first novel and I wanted to like it. But, I wondered, 278 pages about a man with Asperger's syndrome who obsessively-compulsively records the exact minute he awakes each morning? Someone who eats the same thing for lunch every day, drives to the grocery store every Tuesday, and makes only right-hand turns?

Well, I fell in love with Edward.

Rather than a c
Mar 05, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, won, drama, series, 2010
This was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, however. Mental illness is always a tough subject for an author to tackle in a fictional setting. I can't imagine the difficulty they encounter trying to capture and illustrate the issues a mentally ill subject must deal with while at the same time ensuring that the character doesn't come across as "too crazy". Mr. Lancaster has done a superb job work ...more
Joel Hames-clarke
I expect this will be the best book I will read in 2016, although (obviously) I have, as yet, no data on that.
A wonderful, warm, utterly compelling portrait of a man at odds with the world he lives in, and tantalisingly close to understanding what it has to offer. The subtle shift in the narrative style, the gradual uncoupling of the prose from its formula as its central character is estranged from the routines that drive his day-to-day existence, is handled brilliantly, almost the perfect marr
TS Chan
Aug 08, 2016 TS Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
It is 7:38 a.m. I have been awake at this time for the past three days, and for eighteen out of the past twenty. Because I go to bed promptly at midnight, I am accustomed to stirring at 7:38, but occasionally, I will wake up a little earlier or a little later. The range isn’t large—sometimes it’s 7:37, and sometimes it’s 7:40, and it has been 7:39 (twenty-two times this year, in fact), but 7:38 is the time I expect. It has happened 221 times so far this year, so if it were you, you would expect ...more
Sonja Arlow
3 1/2 stars

Edward has OCD and Asperger’s. One is treated with medication and therapy while the other just form parts of who he is.

Edward also struggles to let grudges go, to let injustice and the perceived bad behaviour of others go unchecked. To help with this letting go, his therapist suggests that he write letters of grievance to the other parties but with strict instructions NEVER to actually send them. But rather to use this as a way to clear the air in Edwards mind. These letters made for
Sep 17, 2015 Mmars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the nicest surprises come in the most unexpected packages. Such was this book for me. If not for its selection in a GR group read I would never have discovered it. According to the author page this was written “in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008” by a newspaper journalist. I just think that’s cool. It’s also kind of offbeat, being published by Amazon Encore, something I’ve never really given notice to before.

In all honesty I didn’t exactly buy the rapid
Dec 10, 2014 I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, neurotic
The book blurb says it all: “Edward Stanton likes facts. He likes order. He loves his rituals.” I seriously a book with a neurotic main character. It’s probably because [cough, cough] I have some issues of my own and find characters like this highly relatable and admittedly, comforting in an odd kind of way.

It would be easy for me share many examples of Edward’s habits, rituals, thoughts, and observations – especially since Edward and I have some in common – but I will show restraint and will j
Mar 28, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
600 Hours of Edward

To put it succinctly, I was blown away by "600 Hours of Edward."

Edward Stanton is 39 years old, unemployed, lives alone in a house purchased by his very wealthy politician father, and has Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. Because of his disability, Edward finds comfort in routine, order and repetition bring calm. His obsessions with the time he wakes up each morning and the low/high temps each day give him a sense of peace. He is comfortable with his isolation. These are things ab
Nov 07, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh...this book was and interesting read. I liked Edward, and he was relatable, which I really liked given his mental health issues. I was unsure how real his experiences would be compared to someone who actually struggles with Asperger's; I would be interested in reading a non-fiction book about this. I found myself skipping over the parts about Dragnet and the Dallas Cowboys just to get through the story. This book was just ok for me, so I won't be reading the next book about Edward.
Jun 24, 2014 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This a delightful and insightful book about mental illness and family and relationships.

There is a reality to mental illness that is not humorous, but the story is told in a way that allows us to laugh and see the funny side of things. So while this could be a depressing book, it is not. The book tells a story of hope and healing. There is some heartache because the story could not be based in reality otherwise.

You will fall in love with Edward very soon in the book and I didn't realize until I
Jan 24, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wow. I've heard a lot of things about this book and I'm ashamed it has taken me so long to get round to reading it.

Edward is such a fantastic character, you would need to have a heart of stone to not take him. I was actually quite jealous of Donna and her son Kyle as i really wanted to be friend him.

This is such a great book and it's one I really didn't want to end so was over joyed when I saw there is a follow up to it and I will certainly be buying it when I get back from my holiday.
Jul 12, 2016 Krazykiwi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This could have been a very difficult book to read. It's written first person, with a protagonist with Asperger's, OCD - high functioning but with some fairly severe social issues. His wealthy politician father has bought him a house to live in, and for the past 8 years that's what he's done, lived alone, and fairly happily, going to therapy, keeping to his routines. His father communicates with him primarily through threatening letters from his lawyer, although once a month he goes to dinner wi ...more
This book gives you a real slant into the life of an OCD personality. It's rather repetitious by the very nature of the subject. You are thinking with Edward. And the tale of his life, his relationship to his parents, especially his Father- every purpose too, has emotional balance and some deeper considerations within his own anxiety and slant of reaction.

I did like the way it ended. Edward ultimately has decisions to make that may not be completely logical.

My enjoyment level in the reading was
Kath Middleton
Sep 20, 2015 Kath Middleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edward Stanton is 39 years old and lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. His life is only bearable because he has established a routine of collecting data about the weather and his waking times and the familiarity of it allows him to cope. Any deviation from this sets him worrying and makes him frantic. He sees a therapist once a week and likes her because she is logical. He loves logic and facts. The darker part of his life is his relationship with his father, a char ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Kiwi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is a 39 year old Asperger’s and OCD sufferer who dislikes assumptions and conjectures but prefers facts. Every night Edward writes a letter of complaints but instead of sending these letters, on advice from his therapist (who is a very logical woman), he just files them in green folders for safekeeping.

The story is bittersweet, initially I was annoyed at Edward idiosyncrasies, but his behaviour is exactly what the character requires. As the story progresses, I became engaged with
Jan 19, 2010 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as a present as someone very close to me has Aspergers syndrome.

What amazed me were some of the parallels between the book and my close one, especially the family interaction. Edwards' father distanced himself from his son because he did not take the time to understand him, thus Edwards' mother followed her husbands lead. Only after his father dies does Edwards' relationship with his mother mend, without the interference of his father and the detested attorney Jay Lamb.

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Greyhound
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Geoffrey Scrutinous (Skulduggery Pleasant, #5.5)
  • The Museum of Literary Souls
  • Breakdown
  • The Last River Child
  • One Last Great Wickedness
  • Fujisan
  • A Good and Useful Hurt
  • Ernie's Ark
  • Pilcrow (John Cromer, #1)
  • Angel
  • Spare Change (Wyattsville, #1)
  • When You Were Older
  • The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
  • The Choiring of the Trees
  • Glasshopper
  • Still with Me
  • Butterfly's Shadow
When Craig Lancaster moved to Montana in 2006, at the age of 36, it was the realization of a dream he’d harbored since childhood, one that he figured had been overtaken by events, as so many dreams are.

“I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was
More about Craig Lancaster...

Other Books in the Series

Edward (2 books)
  • Edward Adrift

Share This Book

“That's the problem with belief: If you rely on it too heavily, you have a lot of picking up to do after you find out you were wrong.” 11 likes
“The complaint lies with me, not with you. I never could find a way to make you proud of me, and at some point, I think I stopped trying. When you were here, I blamed you for that. I think now, the failure is mine... It occurs to me that death is a funny thing - not funny in a laughter sort of way, but in a twisty sort of way. It's the people who are left behind who have to grapple with the regret. The one who is gone is just gone. Wherever you are... I hope you have regret about what happened yesterday.” 9 likes
More quotes…