What the **** is Normal?!
Francesca Martinez

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Narrated By: Francesca Martinez

Duration: 11 hours and 7 minutes

What to expect

If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for a mental breakdown, and women over size zero are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the hell do you do if you’re, gasp … DISABLED?
Whatever body you’re born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat for breakfast?
And what the **** does normal mean anyway?
This is the award-winning wobbly comedian Francesca Martinez’s funny, personal, and universal story of how she learned to stick two shaky fingers up to the crazy expectations of a world obsessed with being ‘normal’.

Genre

Biography: general, Coping with disability

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A very, very important [book] ... I can’t think of a work that has so brilliantly expressed how a person disabled from birth sees herself

The Sunday Times

As entertaining as it is moving ... this book is a wonderful, funny, warm coming-of-age memoir about finding your own path in life. Long may she wobble. Five stars.

Viv Groskop, The Telegraph

A wonderful read! Warm, funny and unforgettable

Jonathan Ross

Her observations and perspective are unique and powerful. This is a funny, compassionate and inspiring story of how 'being different' can become, with the right attitude, an unlikely advantage. Also, it's bloody funny and touching

Russell Brand

A cheerful optimistic belly-laugh broadside at prejudice and a wonderful testament to the power of “being funny”, I love Francesca Martinez