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  • Published: 5 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141925288
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

How to be Good




'A bitingly clever novel of ideas, on a subject almost nobody else has written about - how would a totally good person get on in the modern world?' Sunday Times

According to her own complex moral calculations, Katie Carr has earned her affair. She's a doctor, after all, and doctors are decent people, and on top of that, her husband David is the self-styled Angriest Man in Holloway. But when David suddenly becomes good - properly, maddeningly, give-away-all-his-money good - Katie's sums no longer add up, and she is forced to ask herself some very hard questions. Nick Hornby's brilliant new novel, a No. 1 bestseller in the UK and Ireland, offers a painfully funny account of modern marriage and parenthood, and asks that most difficult of questions: what does it mean to be good?

  • Published: 5 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141925288
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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 How to be Good

Brilliantly funny

Heat

Hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive . . . a bitingly clever novel of ideas, on a subject almost nobody else has written about - how would a totally good person get on in the modern world?

Sunday Times

A dark espresso-length comedy that nobody else could have written

New Statesman

The writing is so funny and the set-pieces so brilliant

The Times

Perhaps the most poised piece of writing Hornby has yet produced . . . only this writer has the wit and the stringency to take on this easy comedy and draw compelling, even universal pathos from it

Observer

Pins you in your armchair and won't let go . . . How to be Good? How to be bloody marvellous more like

Mail on Sunday

It does exactly what it says on the cover. Hornby's prose is artful and effortless, his spiky wit as razored as a number-two cut

Independent

Vintage Nick Hornby. Very funny and very clever, and packed with wit and brilliance

Spectator

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