Funny Thing about Norman Foreman
Julietta Henderson

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Narrated By: Katherine Parkinson

Duration: 9 hours and 12 minutes

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What do you get when you cross a painfully awkward son, lofty comedic ambition and
a dead best friend?


Norman and Jax are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a five-year plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they're fifteen. But when Jax dies before they turn twelve, Norman decides a tribute act for his best friend just can't wait, so he rewrites their plan:

1. Look after mum
2. Find Dad
3. Get to the Edinburgh Fringe

Sadie knows she won't win Mother of the Year and she's not proud she doesn't know who her son's father is. But when she finds Norman's new plan, all she wants is to see her son smile again... So they set off on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh, making a few stops to find Norman's dad along the way.

©Julietta Henderson 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Modern and contemporary fiction

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Norman Foreman will capture your heart. His story had me in tears, both of laughter and sorrow, as he bravely battles against the odds to achieve his dream. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is a book full of hope, humour and kindness, with one of the most endearing central characters I've met in a long time. An utter delight!

Sarah Haywood, bestselling author of THE CACTUS

As moving as it is funny. And it's very funny.

Romesh Ranganathan

What a charming, funny and cheering read. There's such a lovely, buoyant innocence to Norman and his quest - a coming-of-age that tickles and moves in equal measure. The writing is sharp but tender and in the same way that Marcus in About a Boy strengthens his house of cards, Norman builds the eccentric, loving network he deserves.

Beth Morrey, bestselling author of SAVING MISSY

One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity. An utterly lovely tale.

Ruth Jones, bestselling author of US THREE and NEVER GREENER

The funny thing about Norman Foreman is that he's wheedled his way into my heart, and I suspect I'll have a Norman shaped hole there forever.