A Long Way Down
the international bestseller
The No.1 International Bestseller from the author of High Fidelity
'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?
Praise for A Long Way Down
Impossible to put down . . . enthrallingRuth Rendell, Guardian
Extremely funny . . . and wiseSunday Times
A page-turning plot and rich, funny characters with several big laughs on every page . . . Hornby's best yetLiterary Review
Hornby pins down the age in which we live with precision and comic brillianceGuardian
Hugely enjoyableIrish Times
Masterful . . . some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I've ever had the pleasure of readingJohnny Depp
Hornby's portrayal of four characters who accidentally meet on top of a tower block, all ready to jump to their death on New Year's Eve, manages to be sensitive and empathetic, but damn funny as well. My new Hornby favouriteAdam Phillips, Observer
Brilliant, smart and funny . . . a cello suite about how to go on living. It's hard to imagine a novel more darkly and sublimely devoted to lifeBoston Globe
Generous and wise. Right from the opening pages, a smile played continually across my faceGQ