Author Profile - Tony Norman

Author of: most books in the Goal! series.

Tony Norman is a UK writer and musician.

He started work in the Sixties as the London pop correspondent of teenage magazine Jackie, before becoming assistant editor and chief staff writer at the weekly music paper Top Pops/Music Now from 1968 to 1971. During this time he interviewed many of the world’s leading rock stars, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger. He also covered major rock events including Stones in the Park and Dylan at the Isle of Wight in ‘69, then Led Zeppelin at the Bath Music Festival in 1970.

In 1972 Tony went freelance, writing for NME and supplying radio interviews including Mark Bolan and Sandy Denny to Radio 1’s Scene & Heard. In the 80s Tony became a photographer. Photo sessions included The Eurythmics, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Kim Wild and Jools Holland. He also managed The Mobiles, who had a UK Top Ten hit with Downing In Berlin in 1982.

Moving to the present, Tony has over 60 children’s books published in UK, including the highly successful Goal! reading series for Ransom. His work is also read in Australia, Poland and the USA. He has written a consumer advice book with television personality Dominic Littlewood and has ghost-written the official autobiography of former England football captain Alan Mullery. Tony is still recording with Sussex bands BTNicz and Tipler Norman. Recent gigs include Brighton’s Amex Stadium and The Casbah in Liverpool, which was the first club ever played by Tony’s fave band The Beatles!