Arguably Britains most insightful and observant writer of contemporary fiction working today, Nick Hornby is responsible for such classics as About a Boy, Fever Pitch and High Fidelity. Now his fans can enjoy all three, not to mention the equally excellent novels Juliet Naked, How to be Good and A Long Way Down.
It’s the perfect six book set for those who are new to the bitingly funny and decidedly moving style of Hornby, this collection could be recommended to Mom, Dad and teenagers alike, such is the writers wonderfully accessible style.
Titles included in this set are: 1. High Fidelity 2. How to be Good 3. Juliet Naked 4. Fever Pitch 5. A Long Way Down 6. About a Boy
A Long Way Down
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?
About a Boy
When you’re 36, going on 18, life is about being hip, being cool, and embracing all that Mothercare has to offer… Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel is now a phenomenally successful film starring Hugh Grant, from the makers of Four Weddings & A Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Starring: Hugh Grant (Bridget Jones’s Diary) Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding) Rachel Weisz (The Mummy Returns) and Nicholas Hoult as Marcus.
Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films; top five Elvis Costello songs; top five episodes of Cheers.
Rob tries dating a singer, but maybe it’s just that he’s always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think that life with kids, marriage, barbecues, and soft rock CDs might not be so bad.