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  • Published: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241965221
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

Funny Girl




You loved About a Boy, now meet Funny Girl - the paperback of the year

Make them laugh, and they're yours forever . . .

Barbara Parker is Miss Blackpool of 1964, but she doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She wants to make people laugh. So she leaves her hometown behind, takes herself to London, and overnight she becomes the lead in a new BBC comedy, Sophie Straw: charming, gorgeous, destined to win the nation's hearts.

Funny Girl is the story of a smash-hit TV show and the people behind the scenes. But when life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. How long can they keep going before it's time to change the channel?

  • Published: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241965221
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

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 Funny Girl

Highly entertaining . . . a beguiling, thoroughly enjoyable read

Sunday Times

Simply unputdownable

Guardian

Warm, funny, touching . . . winningly perceptive about human relationships and changing social trends

Daily Telegraph

Like all Hornby's best work, it is both hugely enjoyable and deceptively artful

Spectator

Everything Hornby writes is addictively readable and clever, but with Funny Girl he has surpassed himself

Red

Hornby's sunniest novel

Metro

So simple, so easy to read and yet so sensitive and profound at the same time. This is a world that feels real and one you don't want to leave

Independent on Sunday

Nick Hornby is pretty much always poignant and hilarious

Huffington Post

Fans won't be disappointed by this new story... endearing, humorous and touching, full of spot-on period detail, all brought to vivid life by a cast of very human characters. Hugely enjoyable

Sunday Mirror

Resolutely, winningly light-hearted

Observer

Nick Hornby's funny, winningly perceptive novel is a pleasure to read

Telegraph

If you devoured About a Boy and whizzed through High Fidelity you're going to love Nick Hornby's brilliant new novel. Hilarious and captivating, this is a fabulous read

Take a Break

There is something about Hornby's writing that is so simple, so easy-to-read and yet so sensitive and profound at the same time, that anything he writes turns out very special. The premise of Funny Girl is like a lot of Nick Hornby's irritatingly genius ideas: something so obvious you can't believe no one thought of it before.

Independent

Everything he writes is addictively readable and clever, but with this one he just surpasses himself

Red

Effortlessly engaging... Hornby's writing is so fluid, he has a great knack for capturing atmosphere and skewering a character with a killer phrase

Evening Standard

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