The Chronicles Of Narmo and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading The Chronicles Of Narmo on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Chronicles Of Narmo [Paperback]

Caitlin Moran
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 3.59  
Paperback 5.99  
Paperback, 1 July 1992 --  
There is a newer edition of this item:
The Chronicles Of Narmo The Chronicles Of Narmo 3.4 out of 5 stars (13)
In stock.

Book Description

1 July 1992

"They don't seem to understand, don't seem to grasp that we are not just ordinary children. We Are Gonks, a proud and noble tribe. We have our own rules, our own honour, our own song that no-one can remember the words to. They can't boss us around like that"

Fifteen-year-old Morag Narmo really doesn't want to go to school any more. She and her siblings would rather feed their heads into the waste-disposal than "do the academical" . So they are all stunned when their parents whisk them out of school and embark on a home-schooling experiment. But with five children, two unruly pets and some extremely eccentric attitudes, the educational experiment soon descends into chaos...

Witty, razor-sharp and laugh-out-loud funny, The Chronicles of Narmo shows us how before Caitlin Moran knew How to be a Woman, she had to find out How to be A Girl.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 July 1992)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552527246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552527248
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Book Description

Before the woman came the girl - Caitlin Moran's hilarious debut novel, inspired by her own childhood and written when she was just fifteen years old.

From the Back Cover


Fifteen-year old Morag Narmo objects on principle to going to school any more. But she is stunned when her parents agree to let her leave (though probably on the dubious grounds that they don't ever again want to buy her another totally gross size 18 blazer). Not only that, but they whisk the whole family out of school (a potential saving of numerous blazers). And so the year begins . . .

But with five children, two struggling parents and a pair of dogs that resemble walking sofas, the Narmo family give a whole new meaning to the word 'education'. Even simple things like going out for the day take on a whole new dimension of People Being Confused . . .

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, unconventional and funny 12 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This is a brilliant first novel by a home-educated teenager, combining an unusual tendency towards fantasy with a hilarious but very down-to-earth description of family life in a large homeschooling family. Particularly impressive is her rendering of two-year-old Poppy, given how notoriously difficult toddlers are to convey convincingly in print - Caitlin Moran's ear for dialogue is uncanny. We have just taken our children out of school and Caitlin is a shining example of what not going to school can achieve. Is it too late to hope for a sequel?
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I jumped for joy when I found this - having read 'Moranthology' and 'How to be a Woman' 6 times I was desperate to find something else she had written. This was Moran's first book (written in her teens) and is based on her own family - on occation balancing so closely towards tragedy that the story almost tips over the edge, yet you laugh.... and then thank your lucky star that you get to visit the Narmos rather then live with them.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 20 Jun 2009
i first read this when i was 9...i've recently re-read it at 24 and i still think it is knock-your-socks-off brilliant!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very well written but poor plot 4 Jun 2014
By Hazel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I decided to give this a try after really enjoying How to be a Woman. I really wanted to like it but struggled to finish it. It's very well written, especially considering how young she was when she wrote it. Not much happens in the plot and what little does happen doesn't really go anywhere and isn't resolved in any way by the end. It does capture family life quite well but I felt that more needs to actually happen to them.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Oct 2012
By heidi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love Adrian Mole then you'll love the Narmo family. Laugh out loud funny can't believe Moran wrote this at 16.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling brilliance 26 Oct 2011
By D. Hore
Currently this book has four reviews. Two of them are five stars - impressive for a book written when the author was fifteen years old. The others are one star - one because of complaints about the price before it was reissued, the other a short rant about Caitlin's award-winning journalism by someone who presumably hasn't read the book. (One should not write reviews of books without having read the book, oh no.) This seems very unfair.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great read and interesting to see how Caitlin Moran's writing career began.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category