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L by Julietta Henderson is a pure delight that will warm the cockles of your heart have you laughing teary and ultimately restore your faith in humankind The story is told in first person with the chapters switchin I felt the world slow down shudder and grind to a halt as I looked into my son s yes and all of a sudden realized with absolute clarity what I d been way too blinded by my own sadness to notice since Jax had died Norman was so much braver than I would ver be The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is the first novel by Australian author Julietta Henderson When they were ten Norman Foreman and Jax Fenton made a Five Year PlanJAX AND NORMAN S FIVE YEAR PLAN Edinburgh Fringe 2023 For One Night Only Norman and Jax Teenage Comedy Geniuses Steps 1 Get to the Edinburgh Fringe baby 2 Get famous 3 Get richNorman fatherless and plagued by psoriasis had no real friend until Jax turned up at Alverton Community Primary from East London four years arlier Jax had a bad boy reputation but they were soon inseparable Norman infected Jax with the love of comedy he inherited from his granddad the one thing their plan hadn t allowed for the vital flaw was Jax dying of an asthma attack just a few months before his twelfth birthdayWhile no longer a pariah at

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how weird it that your best friend has to die before some people decide to be nice to you Norman s grief is profound I thought about trying to do a deal with God Just in case Because I thought maybe he d consider swapping one of my yes or a couple of arms or a leg or two for bringing Jax back Or both yes and an ar ven I got the deal right down to me being a blind deaf no talking torso sitting on the beach the deal right down to me being a blind deaf no talking torso sitting on the beach I still decided that would be OK if only I could have Jaxy back sitting next to me His mum Sadie is naturally worried for her son shrinking before her A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eyes and misses the larger than life Jax too I still couldn t think about Norman standing up on a stage in my father s mothaten jacket without seeing the The Shadow Reader emptiness around him All that space that Jax used to fill with his laughter his noise his badness his goodness and his funniness Then she notes a change in the Five Year Plan on the wall Edinburgh Fringe Festival Norman Foreman For One Night Only Sausages and Gravitas the Jax Fenton Tribute Show Steps 1 Look after Mum 2 Find Dad 3 Get to the Edinburgh FringeThe first point sueezes her heart the second is a surpriseven to Norman. Imself The problem is Norman’s not the funny one Jax wasThere’s also another far colossal objective on Norman’s new plan that his single mom Sadie wasn’t ready for he wants to find the father he’s never known Determined to put a smile back on her boy’s face Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past get Norman to. ,

A pleasantly surprising book for a debut author and one that anyone and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies everyone canasily read It is also a story uite a few people could in some way relate to It had family death sadness fun life and ven happinessThe story of a boy Norman the death of a friend Jax and Norman s mother Sadie who is dealing with her own past The adventures Norman and his mother Sadie have are led by an lderly friend Leonard who takes them on a journey of discovery laughter and ven griefAlthough a bit slow to read it is still a charming heart warming story that actually takes you right along on the journey and introduces you to some great charactersI can t say I loved it but I did njoy it and found it an asy read which brings home life and how ach of us has our own way of dealing with the things it throws at us Oh my heart I have just finished reading The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman and I am in love With 11 year old Norman with his loving mum Sadie and with Jax Norman s best friend who dies before the two boys can realise their dream of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe as a comedic duo by age 15 Oh and Leonard I m completely smitten with Leonard the old guy who walks out of his cleaning job at Sadie s workplace to help her and Norman honour Jax s memory by getting Norman that gig at the Edinburgh Fringe and also ticking off the other item that has been added to Norman s plan to find his father The unlikely trio set off on a road trip in Leonard s vintage Austin and what follows is an adventure that will have you feeling the gamut of motions I felt sad protective and proud of sweet young Norman who bravely pursues his dream of performing on the big stage ven though he is mourning the loss of Jax and dealing with a severe flare up of his life long affliction with psoriasis With Sadie I felt sympathy and concern Here is a single mum who has lost all confidence in herself and in the world and who determines to help her son through his time of grief while at the same time fighting her own demons from her sad past Then there s Leonard who seemingly appears out of nowhere to save the mother and duo when unbeknownst to they are actually saving him I felt grateful for him them they are actually saving him I felt grateful for him his take charge attitude and for his giant heartPlus the cast of amazing characters we meet along the way I love all of them too despite their foibles and flaws Reminiscent of the movie Little Miss Sunshine this debut nove. A triumphant and touching debut about the unlikeliest superstar you’ll ver meetTwelve year old Norman Foreman and his best friend Jax are a legendary comedic duo in waiting with a plan to take their act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe But when Jax dies Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform at the festival ,

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It seems and the third She s determined to make it all happen ven if there s less than a month until the Festival startsWhen Sadie make it all happen Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling even if there s less than a month until the Festival startsWhen Sadie the problem with Leonard Cobcroft the OAPmployed as a cleaner by her racist sexist misogynistic bully of a boss under the Age UK Monsieur Pain employment scheme shexpects commiseration not action But she underestimates Len he s x Army IT savvy supremely organised and talented in many fields thanks to adult ducation courses Before long they ve departed Penzance heading north in Len s rusty teal 1971 Austin Maxi armed with spreadsheets a laminated agenda a shoebox of jokes on Post its and Google maps via Barnstaple Swansea and Bournemouth checking out father candidates and ntering talent contests and open mic opportunities hopeful of a Performance Slot in Edinburgh If they can just keep the demon psoriasis at bay and help Norman develop a sense of timing Norman has the gravitas Jax was the funny one The closer they get the Sadie worries about her fragile boy in front of a critical audience but Norman reassures her The worst thing already happened Everything already went to hell in a hand basket so it s all got to be OK from now on because nothing lse could ver ver be that bad You don t have to worry about me Mum honest What a wonderful tale Except for Sadie s obnoxious boss Henderson gives the readers a cast of characters to love to laugh with to ache for to cheer on It s surely impossible not to fall in love with a boy like this I think maybe all the parts of me that were good were actually made of Jax And I think about that a lot because I m pretty sure it s true With lot because I m pretty sure it s true With plot that includes dodgy accommodation dubious venues and a fanciful Facebook profile then builds to a hilarious climax involving a bizarre laundry rescue a daring break and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. enter chef s whites andscape on a speeding moped Henderson s debut novel is funny moving heart warming and uplifting and of this talented author will definitely be welcome RecommendedThis unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Random House UK Transworld Best friends Jax Fenton and Norman Foreman are twelve they love comedy and are a duo like Morecambe and Wise They have a five year plan with the objective of the Edinburgh Fringe The unthinkable happens and Jax tragically dies but Norman s mum Sadie than able assisted by colleague and pensioner Leonard Cobcroft resolve that Norman WILL. The Fringe and help track down a man whose identity is a mystery ven to her Julietta Henderson’s delightfully charming tender and uplifting debut takes us on a road trip with a mother and son who will live in the reader’s heart for a long time to come and teaches us that no matter the odds we must always reach for the stars. The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman