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Mary-Anne Fahey's talents include bad ventriloquism, even worse Irish dancing and terrible tongue tricks. She is an enormous television star in Australia, and has danced and sung with Kylie Minogue and kissed Sylvester Stalone. She lives in Australia with her partner Morris Gleitzman, two children, two cats and eight very demanding goldfish. This is her first novel for Puffin.
Move over Adrian Mole. Nigel Dorking is a loveable dork with an over-inflated ego who has just released his autobiography. I, Nigel Dorking starts out as a Grade Six ‘hero essay’ (completely with misspellings and teacher corrections) but quickly turns into something much grander: an ‘authentic medieval audio-blog of [Nigel’s] life as a modern-day knight’. It has all the elements of a ripping yarn: a quest to re-unite his parents, a mysterious motorcycle-riding ally, and several obstacles in an evil stepmother, a budding romance between his mother and ‘Gordon the Orc’, as well as a ‘wee’ problem with bedwetting. Teachers will love this book because it covers a great range of issues-divorce, father-son relationships, the intellectually disabled (Nigel’s younger brother has cerebral palsy), bullying and bedwetting. Kids will love it because it’s so damn funny. I, Nigel Dorking is written by Australian comedian Mary-Anne Fahey (you might remember her as Kylie Mole from ‘The Comedy Company’) and after reading her first YA novel, I can confidently tell you that she hasn’t lost her comedy touch. Andrea Hanke is the assistant editor of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER