June Book of the Month: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Reading Nick Hornby’s sunny new novel is exactly like the popular culture it so expertly describes: uplifting, enjoyable and lighthearted. Funny Girl is set in the 1960s, in a burgeoning era of television comedy where old rules are beginning to crumble and a new energy is transforming the scene.
A young beauty queen from Blackpool arrives fresh in the big city, changes her name to Sophie Straw and lands a part in a new sitcom, written by comedy aficionados Tony and Bill. Her natural talent captivates an enormous audience and catapaults them all to national stardom. But how will they keep the series going, especially when her co-star believes he’s heading for Hollywood and the director is facing problems of his own? Hornby has always been a master at capturing the zeitgeist, with a knack for pulling out the right detail or the perfect reference. In this novel he has encapsulated all the exuberance, social upheaval and excitement of the period, suffused with a natural love for this golden age of light entertainment.
Nick Hornby is the author of five bestselling 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, and screenplays for Cheryl Strayed's Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. He lives and works in Highbury, North London.
What the critics said
‘A heartfelt defence and a wholly convincing example of what popular entertainment can achieve… FUNNY GIRL not only beautifully captures the thrill of youthful success and discovering your own talent, but also ponders the rather longer-lasting business of what happens when the thrill fades’ Daily Telegraph
‘A witty, poignant book about comedy, class, collaboration and social change that may be his best novel yet’ Irish Times
‘A thoroughly enjoyable read…a witty look at a pivotal point in British popular culture’ Sunday Times
What Mumsnetters said
Webchat with Nick
We are thrilled and honoured that Nick Hornby will be chatting to us live on Wednesday 1st July, 9-10pm. So whether you have a question about Funny Girl or would like to hear more about Nick’s writing life, please come along to the discussion thread and say hello. Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 1st.
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