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The Chronicles Of Narmo Paperback – 1 Jul 1992


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; 1st Paperback Edition edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552527246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552527248
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,332 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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DOWN WITH SCHOOL! LONG LIVE SAYTIME TV!

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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Thomsen on 24 Jun 2013
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Halbert on 20 Jun 2009
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By heidi on 22 Oct 2012
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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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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Hore on 26 Oct 2011
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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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By miss reader on 20 Sep 2014
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Loved this little book, for a fifteen year old its very sharpe and witty. Very inspiring to young women and Caitlin moran is a great role model for young girls. Up there with Judy blume and Jodie vivienna. Caitlin is amazing.
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By J. Carvell on 21 Aug 2014
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A great read and interesting to see how Caitlin Moran's writing career began.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hazel on 4 Jun 2014
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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.
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