The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman

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The inspiring, feel-good Richard & Judy Book Club pick about a small boy with a big heart - and even bigger dreams.

'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

It was a journey they would always remember . . . for a friend they'd never forget.

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 list, all she wants is to see her son smile again. So, enlisting the help of eccentric friend Leonard - an 84-year-old veteran with superior planning skills and a thirst for adventure! - they set off on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh, making a few stops to find Norman's dad along the way.


'An uplifting tale of love, loss and the redemptive power of humour' - Mail on Sunday
'Charming, funny and cheering' - Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy
'As moving as it is funny. And it's very funny' - Romesh Ranganathan
'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

Readers are in love with Norman:

***** 'This has everything a feel good book should have. I loved it'
***** 'Norman is one of the most lovable characters I have ever met'
***** 'A book to make you laugh and cry in the same moment, a bittersweet read'
***** 'A charming, uplifting tale of love, family, friendship and hope'
***** 'A beautifully written novel about having the courage to hold on to and chase your dreams'

Richard and Judy Book Club Pick, Spring 2022

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Transworld Publishers Ltd
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