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A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby’s 2005 novel has just been adapted into a movie. Hornby is known for both his films and books for his clever wit, funny writing, quirky characters and unique view on life. All of this is on abundant display in ay Long Way Down but the themes explored and characters portrayed are, at times, very dark and those looking for a light hearted view on life would be best to look elsewhere. Those who want a powerful but still entertaining look at modern life will not be disappointed.

The film version of A Long Way Down is released in UK cinemas on Friday 21 March 2014. Click below to view the trailer.

If you like Nick Hornby you might also like to read books by David Nobbs, John O'farrell and Jon Teckman.


A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby's hilarious bestseller now a major motion picture starring Pierce Brosnan. '

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 if cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living? Shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, A Long Way Down is a darkly hilarious and moving novel by bestselling author Nick Hornby. If you like Jonathan Coe, David Sedaris and David Nicholls, you will love this book. A page-turning plot and rich, funny characters with several big laughs on every page...Hornby's best yet . (Literary Review). Hornby's best novel to date, impossible to put can an examination of four people's anguish be so enthralling? (Ruth Rendell, Guardian). Masterful...some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading . (Johnny Depp). Nick Hornby has captivated readers and achieved widespread critical acclaim for his comic, well-observed novels About a Boy, How to be Good, Juliet, Naked, Slam and High Fidelity. His three works of non-fiction, 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree are also available from Penguin.

About the Author

Nick Hornby

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.

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6th February 2014


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Penguin Books Ltd


272 pages


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