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  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241971802
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $22.99

Funny Girl

When comedy was a serious business ...

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Funny Girl, the new novel by bestselling author Nick Hornby, read by Emma Fielding.

Funny Girl is the story of a popular 1960s tv comedy series. The writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, who each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, who loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, who feels he's destined for better things. And most of all Sophie Straw, once Barbara Parker, Miss Blackpool 1964, who's changed her name and abandoned her old life because she just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy fame.

Nick Hornby's new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish.

  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241971802
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • 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


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


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


Hornby's sunniest novel


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

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