'One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity' - Ruth Jones, co-creator of Gavin and Stacey and bestselling author of Us Three.
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.
Readers are in love with Norman:
'A charming, funny and cheering read... the writing is sharp but tender' Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy
'This story had me in tears, both of laughter and sorrow... an utter delight!' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
'Warm and uplifting... there is so much much to love about this book!' Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is
'Absolutely wonderful... inspiring, hilarious and so poignant... I highly recommend it.' Jessica Ryn, author of The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
'An amazing book of determination and not giving up when things are difficult'
'Norman is one of the most lovable characters I have ever met'
'This books breaks your heart in one sentence and makes you laugh the next'
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.
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!
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.
One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity. An utterly lovely tale.
What a charming, funny and cheering read... that tickles and moves in equal measure. The writing is sharp but tender'