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A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  

A Long Way Down

Literary Fiction   
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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 Hornbyâs 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.

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

Synopsis

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

New Year's Eve at Toppersâ House, North Londonâs most popular suicide spot. And four strangers are about to discover that doing away with yourself isnât quite the private act theyâd each expected.

Perma-tanned Martin Sharpâs a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who had it all – the family, the pad, the great career – and wasted it away. Killing himself is Martinâs 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 canât cope any more.

Half-crazed with heartbreak, loneliness, adolescent angst, seven Bacardi Breezers and two Special Brews, Jessâs ready to jump, to fly off the roof.

Finally, thereâs JJ – tall, cool, American, looks like a rock-star – whoâs 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.

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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Publication date

5th May 2005

Author

Nick Hornby

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction


ISBN

9780670888245

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