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Jonathan Meres
Jonathan Meres

All About Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres was born at an early age and raised by penguins in the Belgian rainforest. He left school at 3.30 and joined the merchant navy, which to this day remains the closest he’s ever come to having ‘a proper job’, as he often hilariously quips.
Jonathan has, however, done a variety of other things, including being an ice cream van driver and a Perrier nominated stand-up comedian. As an actor he has worked in children’s theatre and has appeared on television as well as in various movies, dodgy 80’s pop videos and an advert with Joan Collins. He’s written for TV and radio, including his own series on Radio 4. He is author of over 20 books for children and he’s currently best known for his award-winning, best-selling series, The World Of Norm which has so far been translated into just over 12 languages – oh and it’s been in The Beano twice, which Jonathan thinks is dead cool, even if nobody else does. Jonathan lives in Edinburgh.

Jonathan has had a few interesting jobs as an actor and here are just a few…
In the movie The Little Vampire he played the part of the teacher complete with terrible Scottish accent. (his words!)
In the movie, Stony of Destiny he played the detective and got to drive in a really cool old car.
He’s also the main baddie in 3 zombie movies; Outpost, Outpost Black Sun and Outpost Rise of the Spetsnaz.
On TV he’s been in lots of things including The 39 Steps, Rab C Nesbitt and Yo! diary! (which he also wrote).
Back in the day, he was in all sorts of pop videos including Erasure, Nik Kershaw, PIL and Strawberry Switchblade  (ask your Gran!)

Jonathan’s Books

Jonathan is best known for his hilarious, best-selling series ‘World of Norm’ that currently has 12 books in the series.

World of Norm Book One – May Contain Nuts

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself about to pee in his dad’s wardrobe.

Why on earth did Norm’s family have to move, anyway? In their old house he’d never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he’s kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros!
Will life ever get less unfair for Norm?

With brilliantly funny illustrations throughout from Donough O’Malley.


World of Norm Book Two – May Cause Irritation

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he woke up and found himself standing at a supermarket checkout, totally naked.

It might be a dream, but Norm soon finds that things go from bad to worse – when his perfect cousins arrive for a walk. If there was one thing worse than spending time with his perfect cousins it was being forced to go on a flipping walk with them! What’s the point in going for a walk – except to get from A to B?!

Jonathan Meres follows up May Contain Nuts with another laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can’t understand why everything always seems unfair…


World of Norm Book Three – May Produce Gas

Norm knew it was going to be one of those days when he got blamed for global warming. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

It seems like the whole world has gone mad. His dad’s obsessed with gas, his best friend has come down with a case of hormones and his brother is in dire need of deodorant. Looks like there’s going to be quite a stink.
Is life still unfair for Norm? ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY!

Jonathan Meres follows up May Contain Nuts and May Cause Irritation with another laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can’t understand why everything always seems unfair…


Jonathan’s School Visits

Jonathan’s full day visits to school consist of a presentation to the whole or part school and 4 x 1 hour writing workshops for 30-35 children in each, the half day visit is a presentation to school a question and answer session and book signing.

The student age range would be KS2 upwards.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Jonathan Meres, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at