One Day I Shall Astonish the World

One Day I Shall Astonish the World


From the prize-winning author of Reasons to be Cheerful comes a story about the ebb and flow of female friendship over half a lifetime

'I loved it so SO much! Funnier than ever' Marian Keyes

Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by circumstance (a job at a haberdashery in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by character (neither inclined to make friends with anyone else).

But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.

This is story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.

'A lovingly observed testament to the complexities and profundities of female friendship' Elizabeth Day

'Nina Stibbe is one of our funniest novelists' Daily Telegraph

'Nina Stibbe is not just very funny but absolutely life-affirming' Jenny Colgan

'Her best yet' Kathy Burke


  • Nina Stibbe is one of our funniest novelists - it's time to take her seriously
    Daily Telegraph

About the author

Nina Stibbe

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of two works of non-fiction - Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas - and three previous novels: Man at the Helm, Paradise Lodge, and Reasons to be Cheerful, which is the only novel to have won both the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction and the Comedy Women in Print Award. Love, Nina won Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC TV series. Nina Stibbe lives in Cornwall.
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