Normal For Glastonbury the Paperback

4.97 out of 5
(35 customer reviews)


‘Normal For Glastonbury – Life in England’s Most Magical Town’ by Vicki Steward, Illustrated by Debbie De Mornay Penny. Signed paperback. A5 format, 146 pages. P&P £3 to the UK.

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The New Illustrated Edition

Ever wanted to know what it’s really like to live in Glastonbury? ‘Normal For Glastonbury: Life in England’s Most Magical Town’ is a book full of insightful, affectionate and often humorous observations and anecdotes from over 30 years of life in England’s most magical (and oddest) town. This new edition features twenty-two delightful and amusing ink pen drawings by Glastonbury artist Debbie De Mornay Penny who was inspired by the stories in the book.

The book paints a vivid picture of the joys and frustrations of living in a place that has attracted pilgrims, free-thinkers and mystics for millennia. Features a colourful cast of witches, hippies, alpacas, vegans and largely tolerant Somerset locals. Besides Debbie’s illustrations, there are some not terribly helpful, but funny, maps. I’ve updated the ever-popular ‘Glastonbury Visitor’s Map’ and you’ll find a full-colour version on the back cover. There’s also an illustrated ABC of Glastonbury, a timeline of significant events in Glastonbury’s history, essays covering social issues and pieces on Glastonbury Festival and its relationship to the Town. Published during the coronavirus pandemic the book also touches on life in Glastonbury in lockdown. Foreword by Glastonbury-based author and educator William Bloom.

I sign each copy ‘Best wishes, Vicki’ on the title page, if you would like me to add a name or particular message please let me know in the notes field when you order.

The paperback is in A5 format, 146 pages. Font is 12 point Vollkorn, which makes it easy to read even for those of us that are a little long sighted…. It’s printed in the UK by St Andrews Press of Wells, on paper from sustainably managed forests approved by the FSC and has a full-colour front cover illustrated by Deborah De Mornay. Please note the text of the book is unchanged from the original, unillustrated edition.

Makes the ideal gift – for an extra £3 I’ll gift wrap the book, add a personalized handwritten label and send it direct to the recipient if you choose, select ‘Add Gift Wrap?’ at the checkout.

International Customers – Although I don’t ship outside the UK, you can order a copy of the original unillustrated paperback from Amazon to wherever you are in the world. Click here for details. These copies are not signed, sorry.

Additional information

Weight 306 g

35 reviews for Normal For Glastonbury the Paperback

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Hewitt (verified owner)

    Thank you so much. Lovely quick service and I am reading the book now

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Lealman (verified owner)

    Very happy, swift delivery, good packaging, pristine copy of an excellent book. Highly recommend. Thank you x

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosie (verified owner)

    Review for Normal For Glastonbury the Paperback
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  4. 5 out of 5

    KAREN O. (verified owner)

    My book came quickly and I’m looking forward to reading it as visiting Glastonbury soon 🌞😊

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judith (verified owner)

    Easy to read, informative and fun!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colin (verified owner)

    Great little book with some funny stories! Essential reading if you love the town and its people!

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jeni Evans (verified owner)

    Loved it , it was funny and witty and reflects our own perspective of visiting Glastonbury . Also gives a little insight into what it might be like to live there and the politics that might be involved in living among such a diverse but self believing group of people.

  8. 5 out of 5

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia (verified owner)

    Review for Normal For Glastonbury the Paperback
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  10. 5 out of 5

    Graham Price (verified owner)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter Smith (verified owner)

    A very amusing read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christopher E. (verified owner)

    Thankyou for the swift delivery of your book,I look forward to reading it,at my leisure…Bless You🔥

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sally Smith (verified owner)

    I read this book in a day I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended it 😃

    • lVickiPurple (store manager)

      Glad you enjoyed it Sally.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very interesting and entertaining book, I was unaware of Vicky’s blog but I’ll look forward to seeing it from now on.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katherine S. (verified owner)

    We usually visit Glastonbury for my husband’s birthday but Covid-19 foiled our plans this year. I had seen the book, Normal for Glastonbury advertised and knew this would be the perfect gift for him. Now, at night, the bed jiggles as he giggles away, reading the various stories and recognising various people through the descriptions.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks Katherine, so glad he enjoyed it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Woods (verified owner)

    Very happy with our purchase. Fast & efficient. Thank you!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucille (verified owner)

    Very easy to read. Hilarious revelations of Glastonbury life in a very affectionate way. Clearly a one off community for very unique individuals.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Katrina (verified owner)

    Really quick delivery and great service! Have been enjoying the blog and so looking forward to reading this book. The map on the back cover made me laugh out loud!

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks Amy, glad you are happy with the service and hope the rest of the book makes you laugh as much as the map.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great book. Loved every story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine Casey (verified owner)

    Excellent book, funny, reflective, and described the Glastonbury that I know and love 😊

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davis (verified owner)

    Fantastic book!!!

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks Edward!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Wilson-Reed (verified owner)

    A very wry take on this unique Somerset town. Just the right balance of wit, cynicism and love for the place.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks Jamie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (verified owner)

    This is a lovely book, a great read, I actually read it in an afternoon as I couldn’t put it down. Sometimes chuckling, laughing out loud and sometimes pensive. Vicki certainly highlights all aspects of Glastonbury, not only all the “love and light” but also the darker aspects you encounter there. A lot of food for thought in this little gem for every Glastonbury lover.
    I would definitely recommend this book, Glastonbury-goers will recognize a lot and others will learn a lot about this weird but wonderful old town that is Glastonbury.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thank you for your lovely review x

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Seymour (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this book. makes me feel like I’m right back in glastonbury X

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      So glad! Mission accomplished x

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark Olney (verified owner)

    Great book by Vikki giving a real insight into the diversity of the Glastonbury community.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      Thanks Mark, glad you enjoyed it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gautam Kotamraju (verified owner)

    Loved it. There were many ‘ah-ha!’ moments throughout the book. It is a wonderful book about a wonderful town and Vicky has a unique and insightful perspective on Glastonbury.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aga (verified owner)

    Lovely contact and very fast realisation. The book is very nice published and shows Glastonbury in very interesting view.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aileen M. (verified owner)

    On my second reading of this – it only arrived a few days ago. Loving it!! Order received really quickly – delighted.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olwen (verified owner)

    I grew up in Glastonbury in the sixties and seventies when it was a different kind of normal. This book beautifully captures the new normal!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nadia W. (verified owner)

    That arrived quick! I’ve been following the fb group having moved nearby, and thought I’d buy the book. I can attest that Glastonbury and the surrounding area is truly magnetic… I know the author thinks there’s mad people here and I think she’s mad too having read the book (she seems to think she’s normal 🤣) and frankly long may all that be true forevermore. The light (sunlight/moonlight/light-light) is definitely different here and I hope that the love shines through for you too that are reading this book because, there is no doubt that the author loves this place and so do I.

  31. 5 out of 5

    SHARON THOMAS (verified owner)

    Lovely book..a little insight into life in Glastonbury town centre. Beautiful illustrations…made me smile to myself. Very happy, well worth buying.

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      So glad you liked the new Illustrated edition of the book Sharon, thank you for your kind review.

  32. 5 out of 5

    Danny Wells (verified owner)

    All good, even arrived signed.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Anne (verified owner)

    Arrived in good time. Lovely illustrations can’t wait to start reading.

  34. 5 out of 5

    Jen (verified owner)

    I haven’t read it yet but Vicki was really helpful in hand delivering the book to me as I live locally. I look forward to reading it soon!

  35. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Mary Watling Fosbery (verified owner)

    Bought for my dad and my husband for Christmas. They both dived in immediately and both really love the rich descriptions of our unique and fascinating Glastonbury brethren. Thank you very much!

    • VickiPurple (store manager)

      So glad they enjoyed the book!

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