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Funny Girl (Hardback)
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Funny Girl (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 06/11/2014
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Funny Girl - the much-anticipated new novel by Nick Hornby, the million-copy bestselling author of About a BoyMake 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780670922802
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 605 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Beautifully captures the thrill of youthful success and of discovering your own talent * Daily Telegraph *
Funny Girl may be read as Hornby's latest defence of popular entertainment against high-culture elitism. Funny Girl makes his case for him eloquently and entertainingly ... both hugely enjoyable and deceptively artful * Spectator *
I loved this hymn to the 1960s, their infinite creative possibilities * Scotsman *
Vivid, sparky, a bit schmaltzy, and it rattles along * Independent *
Endearing, humorous and touching. Hugely enjoyable * Sunday Mirror *

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“Poignant yet very funny”

Brilliant throwback to the swinging Sixties – beautiful Barbara from Blackpool morphs into Sophie Straw, TV comedienne – Hornby loves alliteration. With his wry style and keen eye for the human element, Hornby is... More

Hardback edition
16th March 2015
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“Excellent tale”

It's been years since I've read a Nick Hornby book, but I am glad I picked this one up. The book is brilliantly written and the characters are so well created in the 1960s context. I thought the way that... More

Paperback edition
Anonymous
22nd May 2015
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“Funny Girl by Nick Hornby”

If you can remember the 1960s you'll find this book particularly interesting, as most of the action is set in that decade. But there is much to appeal to readers of all ages in this story of a girl who comes to... More

Hardback edition
2nd March 2015
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