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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

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

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 15. But when Jax dies before they turn 12, 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.

©2021 Julietta Henderson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"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 best-selling author of Us Three)

"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

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Brilliant

Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant,,Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant you must read this book.

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So good!

This book is all heart! The loveliest book I've read in such a long time. The characters are so loveable, the story is brilliant and creative and the pacing is perfect. The ending is satisfying, and the humour woven through a story about grief was spot on. Couldn't recommend this more!

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awesome

loved this book. I live in Edinburgh and had no idea......no spoilers from me x

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Amazing

Heart warming fun and brilliantly read. I’ll be stunned if this book doesn’t become a movie. 5 stars

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Gorgeous!

Such a wonderful heartwarming and witty book. Brilliant characters- loved them all. Would Highly recommend.

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A beautiful story

How delightful and so easy to listen to such good voice , couldn’t put it down ! Can’t wait for her next book next spring

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Best thing I’ve listened to in ages

Absolutely love everything about this. The reader was amazing and such a unique story. Great character building and I can’t wait for more from this author and narrator

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Loved every minute

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‘One never knows’

And because ‘one never knows’ you should always go for it and see what happens. This is the advice Norman and his Mum take after Norman’s best friend dies. And so the adventure starts. There is no indication in the early chapters that this isn’t simply another story of a damaged women and her young son discovering strength and resilience- and making friends as they go. But this is an adventure as Norman practices his stand up routine on the way to the Edinburgh festival while at the same time looking for his biological father. There are laugh out loud incidences and characters, there is sadness and disappointment. There is wonderful and unexpected resolution. And great great performance in Catherine Parkinson’s reading