Goodbye Norm

Norm Geras died yesterday morning. He’d been ill for some time, and earlier this year when I asked Adèle how he was, her reply wasn’t the one I’d hoped for. So I knew what to expect, but you still feel sad when it happens.

He was such a widely respected man, and I was extremely flattered when asked to contribute to his Normblog profile early on in my blogging career. That someone like Norm would consider me ‘grown-up’ enough to contribute felt astounding.

I didn’t read his blog every day, but as his facebook friend I caught most of his daily comments about ‘everything.’ When I acquired a new fb friend some years ago, the thing that really impressed her was that I was friends with Norman Geras!

The first thing I ever heard about Norm was about his room, filled with books on cricket. He had a lot, though I understand he actually parted with some of his collection before he and Adèle moved from Manchester three years ago. I admire him for that, now that I am facing a cull in my collection of not-cricket books.

Norm and Adèle Geras with grapes and strawberries

We met when Daughter and I came to their house to interview Adèle four years ago. Not wanting to eat with us girls – or perhaps not being allowed to – his salad was brought to his office, but he came down for cake and strawberries later.

Norm kept blogging and generally staying in touch with the online world until last week. I kept checking, always hoping he’d be there.

(People have been collecting tributes and links on this new blog.)

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6 responses to “Goodbye Norm

  1. My best wishes and sincere condolences to Adele.

  2. Thank you for the link to the blog and the picture. Heard the news yesterday – so sad – but I didn’t know about the blog.

  3. Didn’t know him, but condolences to his friends and family :’) I am sure he was a very inspiring man. ~YellowJane~

  4. I haven’t always read his blog regularly, but when I did, I always appreciated it. He will be missed.

  5. I am late to this, but thanks so much for writing about Norm. And Daughter has caught a very characteristic pose of his. Lovely to look at that. Thank you!

  6. Pingback: ANN GILES: Goodbye Norm | normfest

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