03 Aug The Art of Being Normal
The Art of Being Normal
Published in 2015
• David Fickling Books
• Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates
• Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Best Older Fiction Category 2016
• Winner of the Leeds Book Awards 2016 14-16 Category
• Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2016
• Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016
• Nominated for the Branford Boase Prize 2016
Lisa Williamson’s debut YA novel The Art of Being Normal is a powerful tale of a transgender teenager’s struggle with identity. Although the prejudice the characters face is depressing – and we see how easy it is to make assumptions about what is a ‘typical’ boy or girl – there is hope, not least in the love and understanding that some of the friends and family members display.
Lisa was born and raised in Nottingham. After graduating from university she moved into a career as an actor. Lisa worked as an administrator at the Gender Identity Development Service in London for two years. The GIDS is an NHS service dedicated to helping under-eighteens who are struggling with their identity. The young people Lisa met here inspired her ground-breaking novel, The Art of Being Normal.