Francesca’s debut book ‘WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?!’ was published by Random House in May 2104 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The book received widespread critical acclaim, was nominated for the Best Book Award in the Chortle Comedy Awards, and came runner-up in the Bread And Roses Radical Publishing Award 2015.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
“A cheerful optimistic belly-laugh broadside at prejudice and a wonderful testament to the power of “being funny”. I love Francesca Martinez” STEVE COOGAN
“Unique and powerful... bloody funny and touching” RUSSELL BRAND
“A wonderful read! Warm, funny and unforgettable” JONATHAN ROSS
“Francesca doesn’t want to be an inspiration but she BLOODY well is... the rumour that’s been going round for years that women aren’t funny is completely and utterly exploded by this wonderful woman and the stories she has to tell” JO BRAND
“Insanely funny” EMMA FREUD
“This book is a wonderful, funny, warm coming-of-age memoir about finding your own path in life. Long may she wobble." ***** THE TELEGRAPH
"Brilliant... A very, very important book.” THE SUNDAY TIMES
“This illuminating, sharply-written page-turner is as important as it is entertaining.” CHORTLE
“Very funny” NEW STATESMAN
“Deeply personal... also a blistering critique of the political and social forces that uphold this damaging myth (of normality).” MELBOURNE AGE
“Not only funny but poignant and hugely entertaining.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Beautiful” TASMANIAN TIMES
BLURB: If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for a mental breakdown, and women over size zero are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the hell do you do if you’re, gasp … DISABLED?
Whatever body you’re born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat for breakfast?
And what the **** does normal mean anyway?
This is the award-winning wobbly comedian Francesca Martinez’s funny, personal, and universal story of how she learned to stick two shaky fingers up to the crazy expectations of a world obsessed with being ‘normal’.