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If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for a mental breakdown, and women over size zero are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the hell do you do if you're, gasp.... disabled?

Whatever body you're born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat for breakfast? And what the **** does normal mean anyway?

This is the award-winning wobbly comedian Francesca Martinez's funny, personal, and universal story of how she learned to stick two shaky fingers up to the crazy expectations of a world obsessed with being 'normal'.

©2014 Francesca Martinez (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Ashley
  • 10-11-18

Can there be more of it, please?

She gets all of the stars awarded to book reviews. If I had spare stars, this book would get those as well. I loved every moment, and was sorry when it ended.

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  • WL
  • 15-05-18

Wonderful!

I love how simply, honestly, beautifully & funny Francesca writes about her life & experience. I have learned a lot from her. Listening to the story put me in a wonderful mood & I couldn't wait to listen to it again. And I loved to hear her own voice it gave book something very special. Please write more books!

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  • Emma Byrne
  • 13-05-15

The listen of a lifetime!

I have listened to many books on audible but never one that has made me both laugh & cry so much in equal measure. A brilliantly funny book overflowing with poignant moments & hilarious observations about life. This is a must read/listen for everyone of all ages.

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  • TamTam
  • 29-05-15

Just brilliant

An life-affirming, funny and passionate book that will get you thinking. Francesca puts her amazing family at the heart of it and their being so very cool has certainly rubbed off on her too.

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  • Susan
  • 20-06-17

A book that everyone should read

A true insight into the world of people with disabilities and how 'normal' folk interact with them (usually like elephants in a china shop). Also a laugh out loud book.

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  • MRS THERESA PRICE
  • 24-03-21

Brilliant

I laughed out loud and I cried whilst listening to this wonderful audio book. I hope that I can follow her profound advise. Beautifully written and read by Francesca.

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  • Lianne Smith
  • 05-03-21

awesome book

loved it, got through this so quickly and francesca kept me gripped the whole way though and helped me look at my crappy broken body in a more positive way :)

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  • Helen Field
  • 11-10-20

Just wonderful!

I didn't want this book to end. I've been a fan of Francesca Martinez for ages and have heard her perform and speak live many times so I know what a powerful, talented and awesome person she is. I feel like I know her personally after hearing her relate not just her own experiences but a perspective on life that is truly amazing and important, both personally and politically. She had me tutting angrily at the stupidity of the PE teacher, cheering when she won the Edinburgh Fringe comedy award and laughing out loud throughout this lovely book. Francesca's views on self-acceptance, turbo consumerism and the necessity of lived equality for all of us are absolutely spot on. I'm looking forward to lots more of her work. What's next Francesca?

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  • Philippa Stokes
  • 08-02-18

Everything I had hoped for and more!

this isn't a self help book but it bloody well should be! inciteful, friendly and inspirational. moved me to tears many times and shook my world to show me a different one to look at. funny and witty. what a brilliant woman she is. loved this book tons.

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  • Mr Robert
  • 05-10-17

Normal?

Normal is I think what we all think every one else is, but we are not. This book is a great life (so far) of a normal girl. 🤗

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-17

A brilliant, genuine, warm read

Easy to listen to. Francesca delivers some important messages, in her story, with humour and warmth.

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  • clairejaye
  • 28-04-17

great..

funny and Insightful..really enjoyed it. .would definitely recommend this book ..I need to live life more .

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  • L. Benson
  • 18-08-18

Francesca is on my ... who would you invite to dinner -wish list

Should be text at high school
Must read for any human with a body.
Loving, generous and bloody funny.
I hope I get to meet you.... come to stewart island!! You can perform at the south seas hotel!!
The salty sea dogs will love you too 🙏