Nick Hornby is an English author and screenwriter. Several of his books have been adapted for the screen and he recently collaborated with Ben Folds on his Lonely Avenue album.
Hornby's novels are humorous yet poignant and often feature everyday people in everyday situations. These are some of his best:
About A Boy.
You may have seen the movie starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, but that doesn't mean that you can't still enjoy the book. This novel is about two boys – Marcus, an eccentric pre-teen and Will, an immature thirty-something bachelor. Will meets Marcus after hatching a plan to date single mothers and an unlikely friendship forms, with the pair showing each other how to act their age.
How to Be Good.
Hornby's third novel was a slight departure from his previous 'lad lit' offerings. The protagonist of How to Be Good is Kate, a middle class doctor whose husband David makes a living being the angriest man in town. But when David is 'cured' by a spiritual healer, Kate has to deal with her husband's new-found altruism. This novel tends to get a bit preachy at times but it offers some food for thought and doesn't provide any easy answers.
Sam Jones is a teenage boy who loves skating and idolises Tony Hawk. Everything changes when his girlfriend Alicia discovers she is pregnant. While trying to deal with this new part of his life, Sam finds himself inexplicably time travelling. Slam is a clever read, full of 'That's so true!' moments.