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The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

by Julietta Henderson

Debut Books of the Month Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Humour (fiction) Star Books

LoveReading View on The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

This is one of the most squeezable and loveable books going, yet it comes with sharp and poignant notes as well as a dancing wit and humour. Norman’s best friend and comedy partner dies before they turn 12, in his grief Norman decides he’s going to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, and his mum Sadie is determined to help him. The focus here is on family and the many different forms it can take. Chapters are headed by either Norman or Sadie, each has the most wonderfully distinctive voice. Julietta Henderson has created a cast of beautifully individual characters, they walk off the page, with little snippets of information filling in their spirit and letting you see who they truly are. Norman is a complete joy to get to know, he entered my heart and let me see with fresh eyes. There is an exquisite balance here, between heartache and warmth, piercing and diverting, amusing and engaging. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman proclaims that empathy and kindness are winning combinations and is completely gorgeous in every way. This LoveReading Star Book is an absolute delight of a debut, it will be one of my highlights of the year.

Liz Robinson

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Synopsis

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

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 paying tribute to 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's never going to win Mother of the Year, and not knowing exactly who her son's father is doesn't help. 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.

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman is an inspiring feel-good novel about a small boy with a big heart - and even bigger dreams.

The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman Press Reviews

What a charming, funny and cheering read... that tickles and moves in equal measure. The writing is sharp but tender' - Beth Morrey

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

Charming, warm, and uplifting... Julietta Henderson's quirky, lovable characters also offer profound meditations on family, friendship, grief, disability, illness, and aging, all told with heart, humor, and wisdom. There is so much to love about this book. - Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS

What a delightful read! This book is about what's really important: caring for each other and finding ways through the problems life throws at us, no matter how terrible they can be. The story is both hilarious and heart-warming, with one 'helluva' brave, wise, and lovable twelve-year-old hero... Three cheers for Norman Foreman! - Hazel Prior, author of AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS

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. - Clare Pooley, author of THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT

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ISBN: 9781787633506
Publication date: 29/04/2021
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787633506
Publication date: 29th April 2021
Author: Julietta Henderson
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Star Books,
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon, 30+ riveting road trip reads - Off the page and on the road, 80+ Books That Deliver a Hug ,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Julietta Henderson

Julietta Henderson grew up in the rainforests of North Queensland, Australia. Like many Australians, her love affair with Europe began when she came to London on a working holiday and stayed for more than a decade. Now a full-time writer, Julietta divides her life between Melbourne, the UK and wherever she can find winter.

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