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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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  • WL
  • 05-15-18

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
  • 05-13-15

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
  • 05-29-15

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
  • 06-20-17

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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  • Philippa Stokes
  • 02-08-18

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
  • 10-05-17

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
  • 04-28-17

great..

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

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  • Nick
  • 03-12-17

fantastic!

I absolutely loved this audio book. It was a brilliant listen!! I totally recommended it.

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  • Kaylee
  • 01-10-17

outstanding.

such a brilliant book and a wonderful lady. give it a listen. well worth it.

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  • LCA
  • 12-13-16

beautiful, enlightening, inspiring....just fab!

Has a bit of a wobbly start but then becomes laugh out loud funny. especially loved chapter 13. Cant wait to listen to francescas next book.

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  • L. Benson
  • 08-18-18

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 🙏