The Chronicles Of Narmo Paperback – 1 Jul 1992
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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.
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
This is funny, witty, snide, with regular references to high- and low-brow culture, Caitlin uses her own family as a basis for some hilarious anecdotal stories from her teenage life in a large and eccentric family.
The maturity of the writing is astonishing. I laughed out loud several times, and just loved the whole family, from devious yet angelic baby Poppy to overwrought dad Bill.
There is a running joke about Morag's bread that is very funny, some Christmas and Easter tales, holidays, home school inspectors, and Morag as eldest child of five doubles as Caitlin's alter-ego, the slightly-overweight wannabe writer with a chaotic family life living in the back end of nowhere (my home town) living form one child benefit payment to the next.
In one scene, Morag's younger brother gets upset, and gave "a high-pitched wail that sent several devout Muslims to prayer."
In another, a queue waiting for a jumble sale to start "resembled a Chinese dragon made of bobble hats and blue rinses."
Just brilliant, varied, vivid writing.
So so jealous of her talent. I want this to be more widely known, and in schools as well - teenagers should know what others their age can achieve.
Please give this a try. You'll thank me.
At the children's insistence they come out of standardised education and try to be home schooled.
This book is hilarious and well meaning I'm only wishing I'd have read it when I was 15 not 37.
Can't wait to read more of her books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not up to her usual standard of writing, so could have given it a miss. Read it all in a few days.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are plenty of fifteen year old readers who want to be writers (good for them!) and this is the book to show them how it is done. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jan
I bought The Chronicles of Narmo for my 11 year old granddaughter. She loved the book very much.Published 13 months ago by Barry Carter
Not a patch on her later books. It's obvious that she had talent even at 14 but don't buy this if you have already read How to build a Girl and expect the same standardPublished 14 months ago by Roy Farrant
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. Read morePublished 22 months ago by miss reader
A great read and interesting to see how Caitlin Moran's writing career began.Published 23 months ago by J. Carvell
Terribly badly written. Muddled, and thin characterization: confused narrative; poorly executed 'conversation'. Read ANYTHING else Moran has written, but give this a miss.Published on 9 Jun. 2014 by Alison M Pringle