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Normal Schmormal - by Ashley Blaker (Hardcover)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.79 Inches (H) x 5.63 Inches (W) x 1.39 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.09 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Parenting
Genre: Family + Relationships
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: HarperCollins
Theme: Fatherhood
Format: Hardcover
Author: Ashley Blaker
Language: English
Street Date: September 12, 2023
TCIN: 88841783
UPC: 9780008558116
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-1723
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

The heartwarming and hilarious part-memoir, part-guide from comedian and father-of-six Ashley Blaker, on parenting, adoption and raising children with special needs.

Book Synopsis

The heartwarming and hilarious part-memoir, part-guide from comedian and father-of-six Ashley Blaker, on parenting, adoption and raising children with special needs.

'We had such a variety of experts visiting our home, we really needed a revolving door. All these professionals would watch our son playing while shaking their heads and making tutting sounds, like builders considering a bad job you wanted them to fix. "Tut tut tut. No speech, disordered social skills, sensory issues. This is going to cost you!!"'

Ashley Blaker has six children, three of whom have an SEN diagnosis. Between endless meetings, countless therapists, public humiliations, failed playdates, surreal monologues and occasional violence, it's certainly not what anyone would call a 'normal' household - but would he want it any other way?

Normal Schmormal is part-memoir, part how-to guide, highlighting the many challenges, as well as the hugely rewarding elements, of parenting children with additional needs. Written with humour, compassion and a lot of love, it's a must-read for parents, carers and teachers of children with SEN, either looking for a bit of support or in need of a very big laugh.

Review Quotes


'A very funny and honest account of Ashley's extraordinary ordinary life. There is treasure here for all parents, non-parents and children of parents, and that is surely most people.'
Alex Horne

'Great insights and advice for any parent, from a unique and fascinating family and their brilliantly funny dad.'
Katy Brand

'Absolutely hilarious and yet so poignant. This book is going to both entertain and bring comfort to so many people, giving them hope for the future.'
Matt Lucas

'There's so much love and good energy in this book. It had me smiling from the very first words.'
Adam Hills

'Normal Schmormal is a laugh-out-loud, touching memoir of advice, where embracing the weird becomes something wonderful. Every parent should have a copy.'
Emma Kennedy

'Hilarious, fascinating, and moving. A very special book about a very special family. I laughed and learned so much.'
Elis James

'This is a must read. Ashley Blaker has a special brand of comic magic. His gift is in making the toughest life challenges seem relatable and even joyous.'
Rob Rinder

'Funny and warm hearted, this book is a godsend for neurodivergent parents like me.'
Josie Long

'Inspirational, moving and massively funny. A beautiful schmeautiful book.'
David Schneider

'Ashley is a superb comic writer and this is a brilliantly funny and often incredibly emotional memoir.'
David Walliams

'Full of love, this book is a unique and uplifting document of a remarkable everyday life. God knows how Ashley found time to write it.'
Mark Watson

'Funny, moving and incredibly useful. This book can teach us all something about parenting.'
Lucy Porter

'A vivid record of a father's love for his children and a plea for others to follow suit, whatever their kids may be like. A gorgeous book.'
Jeremy Dyson

'Chipped away at my ignorance and made me laugh at the same time. A neat trick.'
Mike Wozniak

About the Author

Ashley Blaker is a comedian, writer and father.

He has performed two Off-Broadway shows and several programmes on BBC Radio 4 including his family comedy Ashley Blaker: 6.5 Children.

As a writer and producer for TV and radio, Ashley has worked with many considerably more successful comedians.

Normal Schmormal is his first book.

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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.39 inches length x 5.63 inches width x 8.79 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.09 pounds
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