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Norman Hunter - Author

About the Author

Norman Hunter was born in 1899 in Sydenham, London. After leaving school and finishing what he described as a 'course of all-in wrestling with typewriters', he became an advertising copywriter. He also began, in 1915, giving performances of conjuring, and made over two hundred appearances at Maskelyne and Devants. His first Branestawm book was published in 1933. After the Second World War, Norman Hunter moved to South Africa, where he continued to work in advertising. Conjuring was still one of his spare time occupations. He returned to England in 1969 where he lived near the river at Staines until his death in 1995.

Featured books by Norman Hunter

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

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Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2008

April 2012 Guest Editor Charlie Higson: "These stories are about a mad inventor and are madly inventive as well as very funny. I had forgotten all about the absent-minded Professor Branestawm until I rediscovered one of the stories in an anthology of kids fiction I was reading to one of my boys.  We both found it absolutely hilarious – no mean feat for a book written in 1933 (let’s face it, most ‘classic’ children’s books are utterly mystifying to modern kids). As a result I tracked down this book and shared it with my son. I remembered how much I’d loved these books as a boy, particularly the first two with their lovely Heath Robinson illustrations." 

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Other books by Norman Hunter

Professor Branestawm Stories

Professor Branestawm Stories

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2017

He's madly sane and cleverly dotty. Professor Branestawm is the craziest genius you'll ever meet and he's back with this bumper collection of hilarious adventures, zany inventions and mind-boggling experiments. So open up for a wacky collection of stories, riddles, puzzles, tricks and tips . . . You'll never get the better of Professor Branestawn but now you can at least get the best!

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

The ingenious Professor Branestawm is always inventing weird and wonderful things, such as a burglar-catching machine, or a pancake-slipping device, and a spring-cleaning machine! But housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop is exasperated as the Professor's inventions alway seem to make life far more complicated than it was before...

The Dribblesome Teapots and Other Incredible Stories

The Dribblesome Teapots and Other Incredible Stories

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Full of fantastical places like Kumdown Upwardz, Gadzooks and Urgburg-under-Ug, eccentric kings and queens, lessons in kindness, peace and even royal thriftiness, wrapped up in more than a smattering of nonsense, The Dribblesome Teapots brings together ten modern fairy tales to be enjoyed by generation after generation of young readers. Including original illustrations by Fritz Wegner, this is a charming classic of the future.

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Rediscover Professor Branestawm this Christmas - soon to become a brand new drama on BBC ONE written by Charlie Higson and starring Harry Hill `Once you started anything in Professor Branestawm's house you never knew when it might finish or even if it ever would' Poor Mrs Flittersnoop! It's not easy being Professor Branestawm's housekeeper. People may say he's a genius, but all his inventions always make life more complicated, alarming and extraordinary than it was before. An innocent bottle of old cough mixture turns out to be an elixir that makes all the waste paper in the bin come to life, the burglar-catcher and the pancake-maker operate just a little too efficiently, and about the spring-cleaning machine, the less said the better. You could write a book about it, but nobody would believe it. Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can find out about accidental inventions that changed our lives and try a few experiments of your own! Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

'It(1)s brilliant that a book written in 1933 can still make a modern kid laugh like a drain' CHARLIE HIGSON Still one of the immortals of children's literature - Professor Branestawm's continues to amuse generations of young readers. The wonderfully nutty, fabulously entertaining mishaps of Professor Branestawm. He's madly sane and cleverly dotty. Professor Branestawm is the most absent-minded inventor you'll ever meet and no matter how hard he tries his brilliant ideas never seem to keep him out of crazy scrapes.

The Peculiar Triumph Of Professor Branestawm

The Peculiar Triumph Of Professor Branestawm

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2003

He's madly sane and cleverly dotty. He's the craziest genius you'll ever meet and he's about to cause havoc in Pagwell with his wild inventions . . . The lovable Professor Branestawm, with his five pairs of spectacles and his pockets full of all manner of things, is back! Norman Hunter's irrepressible humour packs every page and the illustrations (by the well-known cartoonist, George Adamson) entirely capture the eccentricity of the Professor and the hilarity of his incredible adventures.

Professor Branestawm Stories

Professor Branestawm Stories

Author: Norman Hunter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2000

He's madly sane and cleverly dotty. Professor Branestawm is the craziest genius you'll ever meet and he's back with this bumper collection of hilarious adventures, zany inventions and mind-boggling experiments. So open up for a wacky collection of stories, riddles, puzzles, tricks and tips . . . You'll never get the better of Professor Branestawn but now you can at least get the best!

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