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  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241969878
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About a Boy




ABOUT A BOY has sold over 300,000 copies in paperback since publication.

Will is a rich, child-free and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in his search for available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons he meets Marcus, a strange 12-year-old boy with problems at school. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends and, as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.

  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241969878
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of five novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) and Slam; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium.

Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.

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Praise for About a Boy

A very entertaining and endearing read

The Times

A stunner of a novel. Utterly read-in-one-day, forget-where-you-are-on-the-tube-gripping

Marie Claire

About the awful, hilarious, embarrassing places where children and adults meet, and Hornby has captured it with delightful precision

Irish Times

It takes a writer with real talent to make this work, and Hornby has it - in buckets

Literary Review

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