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A Normal Family

Everyday Adventures with Our Autistic Son
Narrated by: Henry Normal, Angela Pell
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Johnny is 19. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last 19 years this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal and his wife Angela have been trying to come to terms with. 

This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism - it's about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest sometimes comical day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.

©2018 Henry Normal (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"A wonderful self-portrait of a family with autism at its heart. Uplifting and grounded, frank and encouraging, serious and funny, A Normal Family affirms that there is life after an ASD diagnosis - an atypical life, yes, but an abundant and nourishing life just the same." (David Mitchell, author of The Reason I Jump)

"The book is about how [Henry] grieved for the life that Johnny isn't able to have - and learnt to celebrate the one that he does." (Times

"A stunning read that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved." (Brighton Post

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Invaluable Insight into a world that awaits us.

Having family, a toddler in the spectrum i found this book to be the best writen for people like me to gain understanding of the journey ahead. Thank you Angela and Henry for sharing your adventures and your feelings about the way Johnny has impacted your world and the unabashed joy he brings to our world.

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  • MaffyC
  • 05-02-19

Brilliant

Poignant, thought provoking, funny, emotional, intelligent, full of hope and joy

In short - brilliant! Henry, Angela and Johnny are wonderful human beings.

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  • Beardybloke
  • 03-25-19

A powerful mix of elation and sadness providing a raw insight into the world or autism.

I have been a fan of Henry for a while and have enjoyed watching him perform his poetry and stand-up. His very personal style and stories of Johnny, leaving me eager to hear more.

The honesty is refreshing, although I have no idea how anyone can cope with an autistic child, believing only that we find strength we had no idea we possessed.

I thoroughly recommend this.

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  • mr paul cussins
  • 03-29-18

Wonderful book

I have just completed this audiobook and have to say it is my favourite one to date. Henry and Angela shine a light on life living with Johnny, their autistic son, and many of their struggles and accomplishments so far. They do this with love and a level of compassion and humanity that you won’t find in any textbooks.
As a father of a child with additional needs I found it incredibly inspiring and it brought a tear to my eye on more than one occasion.
I would recommend it to anyone involved with Autism, indeed anyone with a special needs child- however far along the journey you are- or, just as importantly, anyone who wants to have a better understanding of people, and how we are not all the same.

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  • Kris
  • 04-24-18

A lovely honesty.

This is the first whole audio book I've finished without dipping into another along the way. I found the account of family life with a person with mildly severe autism to be intriguing, illuminating, and -oddly, to my mind- peaceful. I enjoyed hearing the authors' voices emerge, both literally and figuratively. I adored the lack of pretension and the joy woven throughout the narrative. I appreciated the time taken to share how & why the "players" in this evolving scenario might have responded as they did; far from preachy or all-knowing, I found the tone inviting and encouraging. A great listen, I wholeheartedly recommend it!