Nick Hornby

in Redhill, Surrey, England, The United Kingdom
April 17, 1957



Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award. Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books. A film written by Hornby, An Education – shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim – was the lead movie at the 200 ...more

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BROOKLYN hits cinemas worldwide this week

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

Brooklyn hits cinemas on both sides of the Atlantic this week, and has been garnering rave reviews and Oscar buzz from critics and audiences alike.

The film is adapted by Nick from Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, and starsSaoirseRonan as Ellis Lacey, a young woman who emigrates from her hometown of Enniscorthy in Ireland to New York. After a nervous start she begins to adapt to life

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High Fidelity

3.93 avg rating — 179,791 ratings — published 1995 — 166 editions
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About a Boy

3.79 avg rating — 129,928 ratings — published 1998 — 163 editions
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A Long Way Down

3.44 avg rating — 83,827 ratings — published 2005 — 109 editions
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How to be good

3.23 avg rating — 55,408 ratings — published 2001 — 95 editions
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Juliet, Naked

3.49 avg rating — 42,347 ratings — published 2009 — 77 editions
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Fever Pitch

3.75 avg rating — 36,322 ratings — published 1992 — 90 editions
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Funny Girl

3.39 avg rating — 27,821 ratings — published 2014 — 62 editions
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3.26 avg rating — 23,791 ratings — published 2007 — 86 editions
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3.56 avg rating — 13,196 ratings — published 2003 — 49 editions
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The Polysyllabic Spree

3.73 avg rating — 7,018 ratings — published 2004 — 7 editions
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The Polysyllabic Spree Housekeeping vs. the Dirt Shakespeare Wrote for Money More Baths, Less Talking
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“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
Nick Hornby

“The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
Nick Hornby, How to be good


June 2016 New School Classic Poll

  40 votes, 18.5%

  36 votes, 16.7%

  22 votes, 10.2%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
  20 votes, 9.3%

1913, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 134 pages
  19 votes, 8.8%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
  17 votes, 7.9%

  13 votes, 6.0%

1995, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, 334 pages
  11 votes, 5.1%

  9 votes, 4.2%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 424 pages
  7 votes, 3.2%

1988, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, 649 pages
  6 votes, 2.8%

1971, Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, 569 pages
  5 votes, 2.3%

1957, The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas, 200 pages
  4 votes, 1.9%

1958, Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 220 pages
  4 votes, 1.9%

1987, Cities of Salt by Abdul Rahman Munif, 627 pages
  3 votes, 1.4%


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