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Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother and ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades. Here are the hardships, tragedies, and triumphs that gave him his inspiration.

From the days working the seasons at Scarborough, to the unforgettable and endearing character Norman Pitkin, the little man in a tight fitting suit, read of his rapid climb up the showbiz ladder.

©2002 Norman Wisdom (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Graeme
  • 08-02-07

A wonderful touching story

It is very hard to be unmoved by this book. At times, Norman is struggling to keep the tears at bay himself.

I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Martin Colin Ferguson
  • 11-15-05

The good old Norman

This is the best audio book I have heard, we all think we've had hard times but Funny Norman tells this from his heart.

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  • 05-17-08

Absolutely must be heard or read.

I got this and had to listen to it in one go. It is read by Norman Wisdom and you feel as though he is sitting talking to you personally, it isn't a bit like he is reading more like he is just speaking to you and at times he gets quite emotional. I have always liked him since being a kid and watching him on films and tv. Now I just love the man for his honesty, integrity and humour. Get it you will not regret it.

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  • Phil
  • 08-21-06

My Turn

A humerous,remarkable and sometimes emotional reliving of Norman's life as read by him. If you have a tenner to spend, spend it on this. A throughly uplifting and insightful read.

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  • Cliff
  • 07-08-13

From Urchin to Gump suit.

Where does My Turn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really loved this book it had my in stitches, but also in tears,it is a heart rending tale of a
boy who rose above the adversity in his life and became a star.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Turn?

The most memorable part is where Norman is eating his dinner alone on Christmas day, the solitude is so awful, you can really feel that it is one of his lowest points.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the scene where Norman met his Brother again by chance, after such a long time.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was both sad and Happy and very emotional.

Any additional comments?

Loved this Book , would recommend it to anyone who Loved Norman Wisdom , he was a very Talented Performer and very athletic ,a tough Man, he endured a hard early life and managed to rise above his lowly roots to become a big Star.

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  • Mr James Bond
  • 08-30-16

WISDOM OF NORMAN.

FANTASTIC BOOK, GREAT TO LISTEN TO. HE IS A GENIUS YOU DON'T STOP LAUGHING. MR GRIMSDALE CAN YOU HELP PLEASE.

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  • Philip
  • 11-17-08

My Turn

Anybody who,like me grew up watching Norman Wisdoms films will love this book.

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  • Paul
  • 08-29-07

One of lifes true hero's

As a child I loved Normans films and still enjoy them today. He may not have known it but his films helped many children to laugh at there own short comings and face the bullies of life. When I started to listern to him telling his life story and how poor his own chilhood was I couldn't help but cry. In a strange way I felt guilty that I wasn't there to help someone who had often made me happy as a child. This is well worth a listern and is all the better for being read by himself and I hope that one day soon it is made into a film as I think it would make a great movie maybe with himself played by Lee Evans.

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  • Josephine
  • 03-22-18

Funny, touching and so, so interesting.

The history behind the comic genius, told by the great man himself. He reads his biography in a touching and sincere way, telling the harsh and happy parts of his life with equal enthusiasm. You would never know that a man who smiles so much, could have suffered in the ways he did. Refreshingly though, Norman doesn’t dwell on these memories, by uses them to remind himself what a ‘lucky little devil’ he is.
This book is like listening to your favourite Granddad tell you his most interesting stories. I full recommend to anyone and everyone.

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  • victoria
  • 08-12-17

My Turn by Norman Wisdom

This is the most uplifting book I have ever come across...everybody should listen to it. Hearing it read by Norman Wisdom himself makes it extra special...I laughed...cried and had every emotion inbetween !! If I had to take one book with me to a desert island this would be it. Off to watch every Norman Wisdom DVD I can get my hands on now ! Enjoy !