Shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. Narrated in turns by Martin, Maureen, Jess and JJ, four strangers with absolutely nothing in common - save where they end up that night - Nick Hornbyâ€™s A Long Way Down is a funny, sad and deeply moving new novel which asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a group of losers, and pizza, can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.
New Year's Eve at Toppersâ€™ House, North Londonâ€™s most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isnâ€™t quite the private act theyâ€™d each expected.
Perma-tanned Martin Sharpâ€™s a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who had it all â€“ the family, the pad, the great career â€“ and wasted it away. Killing himself is Martinâ€™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 â€“ like walk or talk â€“ and his loving mum canâ€™t cope any more.
Half-crazed with heartbreak, loneliness, adolescent angst, seven Bacardi Breezers and two Special Brews, Jessâ€™s ready to jump, to fly off the roof.
Finally, thereâ€™s JJ â€“ tall, cool, American, looks like a rock-star â€“ whoâ€™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.
|Publication date:||6th February 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
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.More About Nick Hornby