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Funny Girl

A Novel

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From the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.
Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 12, 2015 – Barbara Parker of 1960s Blackpool is a big fish in a small pond beautiful, astute, and with aspirations of making it in television like her idol Lucille Ball. Upon moving to London, Barbara changes her name to Sophie and gets her big break. She walks in to an audition she's not suited for and leaves with the writers excited to pen a show specifically for her. The majority of Hornby's clever novel follows Sophie and her creative circle of friends through the success of the subsequent program on BBC. There's Clive, Barbara's foppish costar, Tony and Bill, the bantering and bickering writing partners who pen each episode, and Dennis, the producer who alternately fights for their program's creative direction and struggles to hide his growing fondness for Sophie, a woman he believes is completely out of his league. Hornby wonderfully captures the voice and rhythms of broadcast television of the time, and seems to delight in endless inversions of art imitating life imitating art, his characters inspiring and feeding upon the storylines they produce. The result is a delightful collection of characters that care as much as they harm, each struggling to determine who they want to be.

Customer Reviews

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In a novel with occasional photos of real persons, the photo I found myself wanting most to see was that of the one there could be no photo of. So real and endearing are the characters Horny has breathed life into, it seems there should be photos of them all.

I will just have to imagine one of Sophie.

Ultimate Hornby: Awesome!

He did it again! Nick Hornby has an uncanny talent to uncover tragedy, romance, epic and the timeless in the seemingly mundane, everyday lives of the people around us: doctors, shop assistants, museum curators, TV personalities, singers, mothers, writers. Only Hornby could manage to crack hilarious jokes writing about suicide, create an existential piece from a life of a GP’s family, write an ode to a football team or use 4 pt font size to invoke a retching reflex from the readers. His characters are easily identifiable, yet each one is unique, humane and deep - even the most shallow ones - and Hornby gives each one his own voice and lets them live their unique lives.
Funny Girl is a success story; but unlike its many Hollywood counterparts - countless nauseating dancer/basketball player/boxer flics typically shown on channel 2 of trans-Atlantic flights - life getting in the way is the driving force and the essence of the book. It is funny, humane, fast-paced and deep, and contains the most original romantic proposal ever made. It’s about finding oneself, staying young and changing the world. It’s a page-turner - I read it in three days (mind you, I’m not a native speaker). It’s great. It’s Hornby.


The best I can say is that I finished the book. It was slow and not very interesting. Story line seemed to repeat and repeat with no depth.

Funny Girl
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Feb 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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