One Day I Shall Astonish the World

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Narrated by BAFTA winning actress Joanna Scanlan.

From the prize-winning author of Reasons to be Cheerful comes a story about the ebb and flow of female friendship over half a lifetime

Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.

Nina Stibbe’s new novel is the story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.

‘Nina Stibbe’s writing is as brilliant as a cut diamond. One Day I Shall Astonish the World is a fantastic novel about friendship and love that resonates with everyone; it’s gut wrenchingly funny and beautifully poignant. It was an honour to be telling Susan and Norma’s story and I hope listeners enjoy the audiobook as much’ Joanna Scanlan

‘A true gift of a novel, I utterly adored it. For as long as I could make it last, the world just felt a bit nicer.’ Meg Mason

‘Stibbe turns out more perfect, sharp, unique sentences than anyone else’ Caitlin Moran

‘Stibbe has an extraordinary gift’ Marian Keyes

‘Nina Stibbe makes being funny look easy, but that’s just because she’s very, very good at it’ Clare Chambers

‘Nina Stibbe’s very funny novels are full of charm, and her latest brilliantly captures the mordant humour of British suburban life’ Evening Standard

‘I’m not surprised to see that Stibbe’s writing has been compared to Jane Austen’s’ Emma Healey

‘I am already longing for Nina Stibbe’s next book’ Observer

‘Stibbe is one of the all-time greats’ Daisy Buchanan

‘Clever and funny, it takes a sharp look at the intricacies of marriage, friendship, work and driving. As with all Stibbe’s writing there is a pleasingly perfect balance of wisdom with jokes’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Nina Stibbe is not just very funny but absolutely life-affirming’ Jenny Colgan

‘For beautifully funny and well-observed comic writing, Nina Stibbe is your go-to author. In her latest release, a tale of lifelong friendship between Susan and Norma, she explores the mistakes, rivalries and love we all experience in life’ Stylist

‘One of the great comic writers of our time’ Irish Times

© Nina Stibbe 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Nina Stibbe is one of our funniest novelists – it’s time to take her seriously

    Daily Telegraph
  • I love Nina Stibbe and her new novel, One Day I Shall Astonish the World, is such a lovingly observed testament to the complexities and profundities of female friendship

    Elizabeth Day
  • I loved it so SO much! Funnier than ever but with a new depth and maturity

    Marian Keyes
  • As a comic novelist, Stibbe is so truly incomparable, I can only describe this perfect novel as Stibbe meets Stibbe, with a touch of Stibbe. (And if you love Nina Stibbe…you’ll love this.) For as long as I could make it last, the world just felt a bit nicer. A true gift of a novel, I utterly adored it

    Meg Mason
  • Nina Stibbe is one of our most beloved comic writers: One Day I Shall Astonish The World, about the lifelong friendship between two women, will cement that reputation further

    Daily Mail, 2022 Sure Fire Blockbuster
  • Nina Stibbe is not just very funny but absolutely life-affirming

    Jenny Colgan

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