Books by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good (a New York Times bestseller), High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and of the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and editor of the


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Hornby is an entertainingly unpretentious critic; any reader would come away with a handful of book recommendations they'd be eager to check out."
The rock-obsessed novelist confesses his idiosyncratic reading habits in this fourth collection of columns written for the Believer. Read full book review >
JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Few can match the muted humor, lingering poignancy and depth with which Hornby (A Long Way Down, 2005, etc.) limns his forgivably human characters."
British woman finds herself in an intimate e-mail relationship with the obscure '80s rock star her music-obsessed ex idolizes. Read full book review >
SLAM by Nick Hornby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood. Read full book review >

A LONG WAY DOWN by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2005

"Highly moving and lively storytelling: Hornby's gifts become more apparent with each outing."
Four suicidal depressives, meaning to do themselves in, meet on the same London rooftop—and form a pact—in an unpredictably comic fourth novel from Hornby. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"By the close, the engaging Carr family is restored whole, even as it realizes—and as the author reminds us with his characteristic sprightly fatalism—that they still inhabit an empty universe."
Another delightful comedy from Hornby (High Fidelity, 1995, etc.), this one about a woman whose plans to divorce her crabby husband are sidetracked by his sudden, if loony, embrace of saintliness. Read full book review >
SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"Softly served and easy to swallow, competent and pointless, these tales are adequate to their purpose, and each is ripe in hip if green in heart."
The title, borrowed from a bit of pop music that editor Hornby (About a Boy, 1998) happens to have heard, is a tip-off: This anthology of younger, mostly English writers lacks an organizing theme, and without it the assemblage of pleasantly written stories seems vaguely aimless. Read full book review >
ABOUT A BOY by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1998

The originality and fun spilling over in Hornby's acclaimed debut, High Fidelity (1995), run deep and strong through this second novel, as a playboy pretends he's a single dad so he can date single moms, but finds his fantasies warped by the real needs of an unusual 12-year-old boy. Read full book review >

HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

A rollicking first novel from British journalist Hornby that manages to make antic hay of a young (barely) man's hopeless resolve not to come of age. Rob Fleming is the sort of precocious loser whose life has gone so unaccountably wrong that some deep romantic grief must be invoked to explain it. ``The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking,'' according to Rob, ``are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives.'' As a case in point, the 35-year-old Rob not only listens to these songs himself but peddles themas the founder and proprietor of Championship Vinyl, a seedy vintage-record store in a quiet back alley of North London. Read full book review >