Better Reading Preview: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

Better Reading Preview: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is an inspiring, feel-good novel about a small boy with a big heart, a woman who would do anything for her son, and a journey that will change their lives …

Little Miss Sunshine meets Wonder meets A Man Called Ove in this stunning debut novel that will touch your heart.”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 comedy duo in the making, with a five-year plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they’re fifteen. But then Jax dies before they even turn twelve.

Norman’s mum Sadie knows she won’t win Mother of the Year anytime soon, and she really doesn’t know, or care, who Norman’s father is. But her heart is broken when she discovers her grieving son’s revised plan: ‘Find Dad’ and ‘Get to the Edinburgh Fringe’.

If meeting his dad and performing at the Festival are the two things that will help Norman through this devastating time, then Sadie is going to make them happen.

So mother and son set off from Cornwall, with their friend Leonard in his vintage Austin Maxi, on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh – to honour Jax and to track down a few maybe-fathers on the way…

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Reviews

Your Preview Verdict: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

Review | Preview

19 January 2021

Your Preview Verdict: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

    Julietta Henderson’s The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is Sensational: Read an Extract Here

    Review | Extract

    4 January 2021

    Julietta Henderson’s The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is Sensational: Read an Extract Here

      Julietta Henderson’s The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is an Inspiring, Feel-Good Debut

      Review | Our Review

      4 January 2021

      Julietta Henderson’s The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is an Inspiring, Feel-Good Debut

        Synopsis

        The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is an inspiring, feel-good novel about a small boy with a big heart, a woman who would do anything for her son, and a journey that will change their lives ... Little Miss Sunshine meets Wonder meets A Man Called Ove in this stunning debut novel that will touch your heart."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 comedy duo in the making, with a five-year plan to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe by the time they’re fifteen. But then Jax dies before they even turn twelve. Norman’s mum Sadie knows she won’t win Mother of the Year anytime soon, and she really doesn’t know, or care, who Norman’s father is. But her heart is broken when she discovers her grieving son’s revised plan: ‘Find Dad’ and ‘Get to the Edinburgh Fringe’. If meeting his dad and performing at the Festival are the two things that will help Norman through this devastating time, then Sadie is going to make them happen. So mother and son set off from Cornwall, with their friend Leonard in his vintage Austin Maxi, on a pilgrimage to Edinburgh - to honour Jax and to track down a few maybe-fathers on the way . . . 'Charming and warm-hearted' Sydney Morning Herald'Serves up plenty of rollicking misadventures and cathartic heartstring tugs along the way. The literary equivalent of a feelgood British comedy film . . . page-turning summer read for fans of writers such as Graeme Simsion, David Nicholls and Sue Townsend.' Books+Publishing'One of those gorgeous books that completely lifts your spirits and restores your faith in humanity. An utterly lovely tale.' Ruth Jones, actress and bestselling author of Never Greener'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.' Beth Morrey, bestselling author of Saving Missy'The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is funny. It is charming, warm, and uplifting as well. There is so much to love about this book.’ Laurie Frankel, bestselling author of This is How it Always 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
        Julietta Henderson
        About the author

        Julietta Henderson

        Julietta Henderson grew up in the rainforests of North Queensland, and developed her passion for the written word producing 'magazines' for school friends and neighbours with her sister. She has worked her way through jobs as diverse as bicycle tour guide in Tuscany, nanny in the Italian Alps and breakfast waitress in the wilds of Scotland. Like many Australians, her love affair with Europe began when she came to London and stayed for more than a decade. Now a full-time writer, Julietta divides her life between Melbourne, the UK and wherever else she can find winter.

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        1. Rachel Trubuil says:

          The link is not working 🙁

        2. Rachel Trubuil says:

          link working now, fingers crossed

        3. Edith Joy says:

          Can’t find section to apply for receiving a book to preview . I think that this would be a brilliant book to read but I can’t find the section to fill out .

        4. Leigh Brown says:

          Would definitely be interested in this book and sounds like it would be an a good choice for my Book Club.

          Like other comments the link does not seem to be working, I left it for another day but still no luck.

        5. Nell Hamilton-Schulz says:

          Link not working but I would be happy to read and review this book.

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          I have been having computer problems. Please send me the link again. Thank you