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The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman

(2021)
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'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
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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 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.

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'Tender and hilarious... the perfect tonic for our current times' - Katherine Parkinson
'Charming, funny and cheering' Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy
'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:

***** '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'

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman IS funny. It is charming, warm, and uplifting as well. But 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

"Norman Foreman will capture your heart, just as he does with everyone he meets on his quirky road-trip from heart-rending loss to comedy heaven. Norman’s story had me in tears, both of laughter and sorrow, as he bravely battles against the odds to achieve his dream. His companions on his journey, and the wonderful characters he encounters along the way, have all suffered their own different losses, but, like Norman, have refused to let those challenges extinguish their optimism and love of life. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman 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

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

"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. The writing is sharp but tender and in the same way that Marcus in About a Boy strengthens his house of cards, Norman builds the eccentric, loving network he deserves." - Beth Morrey

"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

"What a delightful read! Hilarious and heart-warming, with one 'helluva' brave, wise, and lovable twelve-year-old hero... This book is about what's really important: caring for each other and finding ways through the problems life throws at you, no matter how terrible they are." - Hazel Prior

"An absolutely wonderful book. Inspiring, hilarious and so poignant. I ADORE Norman! The book has such real, relatable characters who deal with loss in a beautifully unique way. I can't wait to read it again and I highly recommend it." - Jessica Ryn

"To read The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is to befriend three underdogs and join in on their zigging and zagging adventure. I wanted to get into the car with Norman, Sadie, and Leonard. This trio will melt your heart, lift your spirit, and make you want call your nearest and dearest to tell them how much you love them." - Brianna Wolfson


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May 2021 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 1-64358-896-6 / 978-1-64358-896-4 (USA edition)
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April 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman: A Novel
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 0-7783-3195-4 / 978-0-7783-3195-7 (Canada edition)
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March 2022 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman: A Novel
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April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman: Julietta Henderson
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 1-78763-351-9 / 978-1-78763-351-3 (UK edition)
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April 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 1-79996-032-3 / 978-1-79996-032-4
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April 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 1-79996-033-1 / 978-1-79996-033-1
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April 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman: Library Edition
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
ISBN: 1-79996-031-5 / 978-1-79996-031-7
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April 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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April 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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January 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
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January 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
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April 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman: A Novel
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
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April 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman: The most uplifting book you'll read in 2021
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
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January 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Funny Thing about Norman Foreman
Author(s): Julietta Henderson
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