Monday 10th November 2014 - Starts 7pm
City Books Present: Nick Hornby
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. It’s the swinging 60s and the nation is mesmerized by unlikely comedy star Sophie Straw, the former Blackpool beauty queen who just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. Behind the scenes, the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. The writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, feels he’s destined for better things. And Sophie Straw, who’s changed her name and abandoned her old life, must decide whether to keep going, or change the channel.
Nick Hornby is the author of five best-selling novels (High Fidelity, About A Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down, and Juliet, Naked), a novel for young adults, Slam, and four works of acclaimed non-fiction: Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, and Stuff I’ve Been Reading. A Long Way Down, About A Boy, High Fidelity, and Fever Pitch have all been made into major films. He also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated An Education.
The evening will feature an exclusive book reading, a question and answer session, plus the chance to purchase signed first edition copies on the new book, Funny Girl.