Sam Norman was born in 1995. He has been longlisted in the National Theatre Playwriting Competition, and won the Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation. He is currently studying at Magdalen College, Oxford.
His first book – A Teen’s Guide to Modern Manners – is a collection of present-day cautionary tales, published by Little Brown in September 2016. It is a guide he started writing when he was 16 years old, in an attempt to placate a sadistic maths teacher.
There’s little that’s been written yet
Concerning teenage etiquette,
So as a sort of useful guide
Some gruesome cases lie inside
Of teenagers who lost their way
And ultimately had to pay.
You’ll read about the tragic fate
Of Pete, who couldn’t get a date,
And Jen, whose hopes and dreams were quashed,
And James, who staunchly never washed.
This book could be, and no mistake,
The best investment that you make,
So quickly – pluck it from the shelf!
Or suffer some such fate yourself…
“Hilarious. Bart Simpson meets Adrian Mole at a party thrown by The Inbetweeners. Smart, smelly, spotty and so laugh-out-loud funny it might get you a detention…” Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd, authors of We’re Going on a Bar Hunt
“This hilarious book will make teens and their parents laugh out loud” Good Housekeeping
A humorous, contemporary collection of cautionary tales in the tradition of Hilaire Belloc and Roald Dahl, A Teen’s Guide to Modern Manners is a book for teenagers written and illustrated by teenagers.
Publication: Corsair, 29th September 2016