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Funny Girl (Hardback)

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Funny Girl - the much-anticipated new novel by Nick Hornby, the million-copy bestselling author of About a Boy



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

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'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. Fans of Hornby will love this book, as will readers of David Nicholls, Mark Haddon and William Boyd.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 06/11/2014 ISBN-13: 9780670922802  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nick Hornby is the author of six bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down, Juliet, Naked and Funny Girl), as well as 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. He has written the screenplays for the films Fever Pitch, Wild, Brooklyn and An Education, which was nominated for an Oscar. He lives in Highbury, north London.

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Customer Reviews

A very funny book that really resonated as I am of the age group that grew up on 'I Love Lucy' and the 50's type of TV humour. (I am American.)Nick Hornby lets us into the world of the TV writers and players. He does an especially good job of describing TV humour, which is hard. What is visually funny may not sound so on the page. He also has a clever mix of fact with the fiction and the trials and tribulations of the writers, producers, actors and managers at the BBC are well drawn. The resolution of all the characters in the 'epilogue' is poignant and brought tears to my eyes. A good read.

- 18/12/2014
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