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The Chronicles of Narmo

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  29 reviews
"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 the
Paperback, 142 pages
Published 1992 by Corgi
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After finishing her most recent books, I was left a feeling a little empty on the inside at the thought that there were no more books. But lo and behold, as a sixteen-year old she published a fiction book about five kids whose mother decides to home-school them. While it is clear Caitlin Moran took some inspiration from Little Women, the delightful humor is all hers, albeit in raw form.

There is also a sense of awareness that shows up from time to time here that I wasn't expecting someone that y
Katy Noyes
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I recently read Terry Pratchett's Dragons at Crumbling Castle and was impressed with the promise he showed as a teenage writer. Caitlin blows him out of the water! If you didn't know this piece of writing was conceived by a teenage girl, you would be hard-pressed to guess it.

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 matur
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bpbg-noms, 2016-books
All of Caitlin Moran's fiction (this, How to Build a Girl, Raised by Wolves) have the same groundwork: large, working-class, family in Wolverhampton, with a central character that is appears to be semi-autobiographically based on CatMo at that age. I make that sound like it's a bad thing, but it's not. It does mean that things get rather repetitive, although How to Build a Girl suffered most from this as it also seemed to have whole incidents lifted wholesale from CatMo's actual life which I'd a ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Having first read Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman a few years ago, I was definitely intrigued to read something that she had written at the age of only sixteen. Her previous writing showed that she is one incredibly funny woman, and as The Chronicles of Narmo shows, she was also an incredibly funny teenager.

A semi-autobiographical look at the life of the ‘Narmo’ family,
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
People need to lighten up about this book. A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD wrote it. Alright, compared to your average chart-topper, Moran is no Dickens, but she's got a more sophisticated sense of humour and grasp of language that the majority of sixteen year olds have. AND. SHE. WROTE. A. NOVEL.

It's a little book to read when you're bored. It's not a hardcore read, it's just something to pick up and enjoy. Lighten up!

Now, Moran's OTHER books.. they're f***ing fabulous
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Comment je suis devenue célèbre en restant chez moi ! est loin de ressembler à la lecture que j'espérais découvrir, à savoir l’histoire d’une jeune fille qui souhaite devenir auteure et comment elle y est parvenue. Mon avis sur cet ouvrage ne sera donc pas très long. Bien que court, il m’a fallu bien plus de temps que j’imaginais pour parvenir jusqu’à la fin de l’ouvrage. Je ne suis pas parvenue à...
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: england, own, children-ya
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Je pense que ça ne mérite pas plus que 3/5.
J'ai bien rigolé avec les personnages mais je n'ai pas vraiment vu le but ni la finalité?
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nick Lawrence
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-ya
For an author so young, this is pretty damn fantastic. Renowned journalist and author of the fantastic non-fiction book How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran's first novel has been re-released, more than a decade after its original publishing run. The Chronicles of Narmo is about the Narmo family and their decision to take their kids out of mainstream schooling and deciding to homeschool. There really isn't that much there in the way of plot, which is a weakness of the novel, along with the plethora o ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got this book for Christmas and I wasn't sure what to expect, I had already read Caitlin's autobiography and wasn't sure whether I liked it or not. The same applies to this book. It was a good read, but nothing really happened in this book. I was waiting throughout the whole books for something exciting, but it never came. Bit of a disapointment. She was going when she wrote this though, and it's better than anything I could write, but the book was to short to get into the charecters and there ...more
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
It's strange reading this again after such a long time. I was exactly the right age to love it when it came out and reading it back its easy to hear Caitlin Moran's voice coming through even though she was only 15 when she wrote it. It's not the most polished of books but I still loved it and enjoyed reminiscing about all the stories about big families I wrote to emulate it. ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is adorable. I can hear Caitlin Moran's voice so clearly; even when she was 15 years old she had such a defined style. It's definitely clear that the book was written by someone without a lot of experience writing, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment at all. Really lovely and I'm so glad I read it. ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storyline

Possibly using her own experiences Caitlin Moran creates a home life in the mid 90's when hippies were having a revival as such.
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.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for a teenager to have written, even if it's a thinly veiled semi-autobiographical look at her dysfunctional family. (She's certainly getting a lot of mileage out of it, with a ch4 sitcom in the works - but deservedly so) ...more
Cassandra Burton-wood
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I often entertain the notion that one day I could be a writer, what with my witty-yet-insightful observations about life. Caitlyn Moran one-ups me here, actually writing something - at 15, no less - and actually being better than I will probably ever be at it.
Andrew Johnston
It's ok, there is no real story in this book, it's a year in the life of the family, if an adult had written this i would think that it is shite. As it was a 15 year old, I can make more allowances. It's ok. ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I waited so long to read this and was very pleased when it was reprinted recently. Unbelievable to think that Moran wrote this when she was so young.
Amie Bailey
Giving this one 3.5/3.75 I think
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Love it, can't read to read everything else she's ever written or even never written.
Stephen Barker
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-teen
Enjoyed the introduction - was otherwise a bit disappointed - there's a fair bit of hype out there about this book. (Would have given 2 stars, but allowed for the age factor!) ...more
Roxie Maria
It was ok

I do like Caitlin's books. This one was very funny. I just found its writing style a bit over active. It was written by her as a teen.
Very funny. unbelievable that she wrote this at 15, it made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions!
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
not awful enough for a 1, but I wasn't really gripped and it's length meant that by the time I thought about giving up I'd .nearly finished anyway. ...more
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Really silly.
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Caitlin Moran had literally no friends in 1990, and so had plenty of time to write her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of fifteen. At sixteen she joined music weekly, Melody Maker, and at eighteen briefly presented the pop show 'Naked City' on Channel 4. Following this precocious start she then put in eighteen solid years as a columnist on The Times – both as a TV critic and also ...more

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