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Nick Hornby - Author

About the Author

Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and How to be Good. He also edited the collection of short stories Speaking With the Angel. He is the pop music critic for the New Yorker. In 1999, he was awarded the E.M.Forster award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Highbury, North London.

Featured books by Nick Hornby

Just Like You

Just Like You

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

A beautifully gentle yet pointed, and amusing yet thoughtful, feel-good relationship tale. When head teacher and separated mum of two Lucy, meets butcher, babysitter, and aspiring DJ Joseph, their age gap is just one of the obstacles in their path to finding love. This isn’t an overly sensational or dramatic tale, it’s more subtle than that, though it does cover three years during and after the EU referendum. Don’t groan, as Nick Hornby looks back in the most mindful way possible. Thoughts are provoked and rich pickings are to be found, as lots of little lightbulb moments clicked on as I read. The plot settled in the lightest of dances through some pretty weighty subjects. It’s not shouty, or finger-pointy, a relationship is created within a set of circumstances that allows you to form your own thoughts. I feel Nick Hornby has written the perfect story for anyone suffering from Covid 19 blues. Just Like You is an incredibly uplifting, engaging and stimulating read, and I absolutely loved it.

Books of the Month
Funny Girl

Funny Girl

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

May 2015 Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can hardly say ‘classic’. But it is all one would expect. Light but entertaining, a story about people. It’s about an inspiring actress-cum-comedian from Blackpool who wins a beauty contest but really doesn’t want to spend a year opening supermarkets! We are in the early 1960s. She gives back her crown and flees to London. We follow her through early struggles and on into falling on her feet in a ‘ground breaking’ series for the BBC. A Lancashire accent, a working-class character and dealing with man/woman becoming husband/wife and eventually baby issues. Years later, at the 50 year celebration, a young producer gets the idea of putting on a play about “what happened next”. We, of course, have followed the main players all the way through in a clever slice of cultural history. Utterly enthralling and highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst   One of our Books of the Year 2014.

eBooks of the Month
A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2014

New Year's Eve at Toppers’ House, North London’s most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isn’t quite the private act they’d each expected. Perma-tanned Martin Sharp’s a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who had it all – the family, the pad, the great career – and wasted it away. Killing himself is Martin’s logical response to an unliveable life. Maureen has to do it tonight, because of Matty being in the home. He was never able to do any of the normal things kids do – like walk or talk – and his loving mum can’t cope any more. Half-crazed with heartbreak, loneliness, adolescent angst, seven Bacardi Breezers and two Special Brews, Jess’s ready to jump, to fly off the roof. Finally, there’s JJ – tall, cool, American, looks like a rock-star – who’s weighed down with a heap of problems, and pizza. Four strangers, who moments before were convinced that they were alone and going to end it all that way, share out the pizza and begin to talk ... Only to find that they have even less in common than first suspected.

eBooks of the Month
Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 7 February 2010. As you would expect in a book about relationships revolving around a music obsession Nick Hornby manages to get in his musical references and loves in to the pages throughout this book. The story is about a relationship where the characters are facing middle age and wondering if they have wasted years not really achieving anything in their lives. If it sounds a little bit depressing don’t worry, as always, Hornby injects his humour throughout the story and creates interesting and memorable characters.

eBooks of the Month
Slam

Slam

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

'There was this time when everything seemed to have come together. And so obviously it was time to go and screw it all up.' Sam is sixteen and a skater. Just so there are no terrible misunderstandings: skating = skateboarding. There's no ice. Life is ticking along nicely for Sam: his mum's got rid of her rubbish boyfriend, he's thinking about college and he's met someone. Alicia. Then a little accident happens. One with big consequences for someone just finding his way in life. Sam can't run (let alone skate) away from this one. He's a boy facing a man's problems and the question is - has he got what it takes to confront them?

eBooks of the Month
Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/11/2014

Klassiker, Bestseller und Kultbuch - jetzt in einer brillanten neuen Ubersetzung erstmals als eBookGleich sein erstes Buch machte Nick Hornby 1992 mit einem Schlag weltweit berhmt: "e;Fever Pitch"e; hat beim Publikum und bei den Journalisten wahre Begeisterungsstrme entfacht. Hornbys Buch war bahnbrechend, weil es als erstes auf den Punkt brachte, was Fuballbesessenheit in all ihren ernsten und komischen Facetten ausmacht."e;Fever Pitch"e; erzhlt die Geschichte eines Fuballfans, dessen Leben von den seltenen Siegen und zahlreichen Niederlagen seines Clubs bestimmt wird. Der Fan heit Nick Hornby, sein Verein Arsenal London. Mit wunderbarer Leichtigkeit und sprhendem Witz schildert Hornby die Spiele und sein Leben.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Nick Hornby

Fan Mail

Fan Mail

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/08/2013

Fan Mail: Twenty Years of Writing about Football by Nick Hornby, the bestselling author of Fever PitchAfter the phenomenal success of Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby tried to avoid writing about football, for fear that he'd be writing about it forever. But occasionally over the years he's found it impossible to turn down a particularly enticing assignment or, in the case of the 2012-13 Premier League, just unable to resist writing about that most spectacular of seasons.Fortunately for those who love great writing about football, all these fugitive pieces are collected in Fan Mail. You can follow the fortunes, as Hornby did, of a hopelessly out-of-their-depth Cambridge United in the old Second Division, discover why Perry Groves was an unlikely hero among Arsenal fans, enjoy Hornby trying to explain the World Cup to Americans, and share with him the pain of watching our national team.This Penguin Special, available exclusively as an ebook, can be read in two hours or less. It will be loved by readers of The Secret Footballer and Inverting the Pyramid, as well as fans of Hornby everywhere.'Fever Pitch is the best football book ever written' Nick Lezard, GQ

Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2012

The Twentieth Anniversary Edition *WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR* Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby's million-copy-selling, award-winnning football classic 'A spanking 7-0 away win of a football book. . . inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming' Independent For many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it's more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself. But, for Nick Hornby, his devotion to the game has provided one of few constants in a life where the meaningful things - like growing up, leaving home and forming relationships, both parental and romantic - have rarely been as simple or as uncomplicated as his love for Arsenal. 'Hornby has put his finger on truths that have been unspoken for generations' Irish Times Brimming with wit and honesty, Fever Pitch, catches perfectly what it really means to be a football fan - and in doing so, what it means to be a man. It sits side by side with the very finest football classics of the last twenty five years, from The Damned United by David Peace to A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng, but it is ultimately a book that defies categorization and can be enjoyed by all. 'Funny, wise and true' Roddy Doyle

Pray

Pray

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/07/2012

'That is why there is NOTHING better than sport' Kevin PietersenThe 2011-12 Premier League season finished on an afternoon so extraordinary that it prompted Kevin Pietersen's tweet. Yet this was just the climax of an incredible season. By May fans of most clubs had been enthralled, appalled, depressed, elated, shocked and enraged. Along the way football had somehow managed to encompass politics, high finance, the law and matters of life and death. In Pray Nick Hornby, author of the classic Fever Pitch, offers an entertaining and typically insightful account of this most extraordinary of seasons. Beginning with the weekend of 28 August when the Man Utd demolition of Arsenal 8-2 and the Man City demolition of Spurs 5-1 showed what was to come, he concentrates on a number of games whose significance went beyond the immediate result: the October games with alleged rascist incidents, the fairy-tale return of Thierry Henry, the collapse of Fabrice Muamba, the Carling Cup Final where Liverpool's victory only served to point up the club's problems, the unusual (but increasingly more common) 4-4 draw between Man Utd and Everton...It was a season of tumultuous incident and enormous entertainment, a season more glorious than most. Read all about it, and relive it, here.

Not a Star

Not a Star

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/09/2011

Eine exklusive Nick Hornby Erzahlung aus dem Band "e;Small Country"e;: Es ist schlimm genug, wenn eine Mutter erfahren muss, dass ihr Sohn ein Pornostar ist. Noch schlimmer ist es jedoch, wenn diese Nachricht ausgerechnet von der neugierigen Nachbarin uberbracht wird. Als Lynn ihren Sohn Mark als Hauptdarsteller in einem Pornofilm betrachtet, muss sie sich schwierigen Fragen stellen. Woher stammen seine besonderen Qualitaten? Und wie soll sie das ihrem Mann beibringen? Es gibt Dinge, die wollen Eltern von ihren Kindern gar nicht wissen...

Small Country

Small Country

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/09/2011

Nick Hornbys neue Erzahlungen - einfach brillantVier Erzhlungen von Nick Hornby, in denen umwerfend sympathische und leicht naive Menschen in ziemlich blde Situationen kommen und versuchen, das Beste daraus zu machen. Eine Mutter erfhrt, dass ihr Sohn Pornostar ist, weil eine gemeine Nachbarin ihr die Videokassette in den Briefkasten schmeit. In Champina, dem kleinsten Land der Welt, wird Stefan gezwungen, in der Nationalelf mitzuspielen, weil es halt nur elf Mnner in Champina gibt. Ein unheimlicher Videorekorder sagt die Zukunft voraus, und ein Wachmann in einer Galerie muss auf ein Bild aufpassen, das auf den zweiten Blick provozierende Details preisgibt. Mit einem unbestechlichen Blick fr die Schrullen seiner Figuren erzhlt Nick Hornby ironische, wahre, aberwitzige Geschichten, die dem Leser auf vergngliche Weise zeigen, wie unberechenbar das Leben sein kann. Der fr den deutschen Buchmarkt zusammengestellte Band enthlt die Storys "e;Not a Star"e;, "e;Small Country"e;, "e;Otherwise Pandemonium"e; und "e;NippleJesus"e;, von denen nur die letzte Geschichte bereits auf Deutsch erschienen ist.

Speaking with the Angel

Speaking with the Angel

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Speaking with the Angel is a collection of short stories, edited by Nick Hornby Hear the Prime Minister explain to the House why he did a runner from Greenford Park service station and hitched a lift with a fifteen-year-old girl, as imagined by Robert Harris. Listen to someone who has a small hostile creature in his room, as told by Roddy Doyle. Twelve voices, twelve completely new stories, narrated by twelve different characters. And all written by twelve of the most exciting and popular writers around: Robert Harris, Melissa Bank, Giles Smith, Patrick Marber, Colin Frith, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Helen Fielding, Roddy Doyle, Irvine Welsh, John O'Farrell and Nick Hornby himself. This sparkling collection has been put together by bestselling novelist Nick Hornby, who also contributes an Introduction about TreeHouse, an organisation that offers a unique and pioneering approach to the education of children with autism. GBP1 will go to TreeHouse with every copy sold of Speaking with the Angel.

An Education

An Education

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2009

An Education is Nick Hornby's Oscar-nominated screenplay of Lynn Barber's life Based on Lynn Barber's extraordinary memoir, An Education is set in the early 1960s and tells the story of a sixteen-year-old English girl's encounter and relationship with a charming older man who is much more, and much less, than he says he is. Taking this strange story as his starting point, Nick Hornby has scripted an Oscar-nominated film, starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgraad, which is funny and shocking in equal measure - and which brilliantly captures a Britain emerging from the sleepy 50s and on the brink of a glittering new decade. Fans of British writing and cinema alike, from Brighton Rock to Atonement will enjoy this mesmerizing book.

Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/09/2009

"e;Juliet, Naked ist so gut, so lustig und so schrag wie seine Vorganger High Fidelity oder About a Boy."e; BrigitteNick Hornby tut das, was er am besten kann: Er schreibt ber Musik und die Liebe und die berraschungen, die das Leben fr alle bereithlt. Tucker Crowe, ehemaliger Rockstar und Ikone einer kleinen Schar glhender Anhnger, lebt zurckgezogen in einer amerikanischen Kleinstadt. Seinetwegen stellt Annie im weit entfernten England ihre Beziehung zu Duncan in Frage Tucker Crowe, der 1986 kurz vor einem Gig spurlos verschwand, kann kaum glauben, was er im Internet alles ber sich lesen muss. Dort tauschen seine glhendsten Fans Informationen aus, nachdem sie alle Sttten seines Schaffens besucht haben, sie lesen seine Songtexte rckwrts und tun noch manch andere merkwrdige Dinge, um Hinweise auf seine Person und seinen Aufenthaltsort zu erhalten. Zu dieser leicht verblendeten Community gehrt auch Duncan, der mit seiner Freundin Annie an der englischen Ostkste lebt. Annie hat sich nach 15 Jahren einigermaen an seinen Spleen gewhnt und lsst ihn gewhren, doch als dann pltzlich, welch eine Sensation!, ein neues Album von Crowe auf den Markt kommt, stellt sie eigenstndig eine Kritik des neuen Albums ins Netz. Duncan ist entsetzt. Fr ihn ist das der Beweis, wie ignorant Annie ist. Tucker Crowe himself wiederum fhlt sich zum ersten Mal verstanden, und er nimmt Kontakt zu Annie auf ... Von der englischen Ostkste nach Amerika und wieder zurck fhrt diese Geschichte, in der zwei einsame Menschen ihr altes Leben satthaben und vor einem Neuanfang stehen.

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2006

'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all ... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Author: Nick Hornby Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/06/2005

New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots.Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.