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My Turn | [Norman Wisdom]

My Turn

Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother and ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades.
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Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother and ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades. Here are the hardships, tragedies, and triumphs that gave him his inspiration.

From the days working the seasons at Scarborough, to the unforgettable and endearing character Norman Pitkin, the little man in a tight fitting suit, read of his rapid climb up the showbiz ladder.

©2002 Norman Wisdom; (P)2003 Random House Audiobooks

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    Graeme North Shields, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom 02/08/2007
    Graeme North Shields, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom 02/08/2007
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    "A wonderful touching story"

    It is very hard to be unmoved by this book. At times, Norman is struggling to keep the tears at bay himself.

    I strongly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Martin hull, east yorkshire, United Kingdom 15/11/2005
    Martin hull, east yorkshire, United Kingdom 15/11/2005
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    "The good old Norman"

    This is the best audio book I have heard, we all think we've had hard times but Funny Norman tells this from his heart.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Middle Barton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 21/08/2006
    Phil Middle Barton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 21/08/2006
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    "My Turn"

    A humerous,remarkable and sometimes emotional reliving of Norman's life as read by him. If you have a tenner to spend, spend it on this. A throughly uplifting and insightful read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    Cliff United Kingdom 08/07/2013
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    "From Urchin to Gump suit."
    Where does My Turn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really loved this book it had my in stitches, but also in tears,it is a heart rending tale of a
    boy who rose above the adversity in his life and became a star.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Turn?

    The most memorable part is where Norman is eating his dinner alone on Christmas day, the solitude is so awful, you can really feel that it is one of his lowest points.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the scene where Norman met his Brother again by chance, after such a long time.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was both sad and Happy and very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this Book , would recommend it to anyone who Loved Norman Wisdom , he was a very Talented Performer and very athletic ,a tough Man, he endured a hard early life and managed to rise above his lowly roots to become a big Star.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Birmingham, Warwickshire, United Kingdom 17/11/2008
    Philip Birmingham, Warwickshire, United Kingdom 17/11/2008
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    "My Turn"

    Anybody who,like me grew up watching Norman Wisdoms films will love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Birmingham, west mids, United Kingdom 29/08/2007
    Paul Birmingham, west mids, United Kingdom 29/08/2007
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    "One of lifes true hero's"

    As a child I loved Normans films and still enjoy them today. He may not have known it but his films helped many children to laugh at there own short comings and face the bullies of life. When I started to listern to him telling his life story and how poor his own chilhood was I couldn't help but cry. In a strange way I felt guilty that I wasn't there to help someone who had often made me happy as a child. This is well worth a listern and is all the better for being read by himself and I hope that one day soon it is made into a film as I think it would make a great movie maybe with himself played by Lee Evans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Sleaford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 17/05/2008
    Jacqueline Sleaford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 17/05/2008
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    "Absolutely must be heard or read."

    I got this and had to listen to it in one go. It is read by Norman Wisdom and you feel as though he is sitting talking to you personally, it isn't a bit like he is reading more like he is just speaking to you and at times he gets quite emotional. I have always liked him since being a kid and watching him on films and tv. Now I just love the man for his honesty, integrity and humour. Get it you will not regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean C. 22/01/2015
    Jean C. 22/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "my Turn"
    If you could sum up My Turn in three words, what would they be?

    sweet memories re,lived


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Turn?

    remembering about my first ever visit to a Ice show staring Norman Wisdom I was 7 years old at the time, then hearing him talk about it was wonderful,


    Which character – as performed by Norman Wisdom – was your favourite?

    all


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes its sadness at times in his life


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book before quite a while back , but I really enjoyed listening to Norman talk about his life himself, he's got such a endearing voice,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Hatfield, United Kingdom 17/01/2015
    Mr Hatfield, United Kingdom 17/01/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Lovely Man, Inspirational Story"
    If you could sum up My Turn in three words, what would they be?

    Short, sweet, inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Norman reads his story in a simple, humble and matter of fact way, you can't help marvel at how he went from an abandoned street urchin to a comedy legend.


    Have you listened to any of Norman Wisdom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Anybody who loves Norman's films will enjoy his autobiography.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure what the tag line would be but I'd cast Lee Evans as Norman Wisdom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Hong Kong, Hong Kong 31/05/2012
    John Hong Kong, Hong Kong 31/05/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Very heart warming"

    A wonderfully touching and emotional story by Norman of how he managed to come from a very impoverished childhood and make it in the entertainment world. A star who had nothing but happiness in his eyes, if you are interested this is a very special tale indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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