One Day I Shall Astonish the World


By Nina Stibbe

Read by Joanna Scanlan

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From the beloved author of Love, Nina, a frank, tender, and poignantly funny 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.

  • “Another wonderful, funny slice of fiction from the author of best-seller, Love Nina. Her latest novel explores a decades-long friendship between two women and what happens when your paths diverge.”
    Good Housekeeping
  • “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
  • 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
  • Praise for Nina Stibbe: 
    "To read a Nina Stibbe novel is to experience joy."
    Elin Hilderbrand, bestselling author of 28 SUMMERS
  • "Stibbe turns out more perfect, sharp, unique sentences than anyone else in the game."
    Caitlin Moran
  • "So dense with amusing detail that I thought about holding the book upside down to see if any extra funny bits might spill from the creases between the page."
    New York Times Book Review
  • "Reliably hilarious." 
    Entertainment Weekly
  • “Funny, charming, odd-in-the-best-way and gorgeously uplifting! A delight from start to finish.”
    Marian Keyes
  • “We simply like being in Ms. Stibbe's company."
    Dwight Garner, The New York Times
  • “Pitch perfect vintage comedy”

On Sale
May 3, 2022
Hachette Audio

Nina Stibbe

About the Author

Nina Stibbe is the author of two works of nonfiction, Love, Nina and An Almost Perfect Christmas, and three previous novels, Man at the Helm, ParadiseLodge, and Reasons to Be Cheerful, which won both the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse

Prize for Comic Fiction and the Comedy Women in Print Prize. Love, Nina was adapted by Nick Hornby into a BBC TV series. Stibbe lives in Cornwall.

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