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Caitlin Moran
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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.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552527246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552527248
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 . . .

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, unconventional and funny 12 Jun 1999
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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?
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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!
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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.
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24 of 32 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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Oct 2012
By heidi
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If you love Adrian Mole then you'll love the Narmo family. Laugh out loud funny can't believe Moran wrote this at 16.
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