A Long Way Down
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An extract from the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Long Way Down. Read by Nicky Henson, Pauline Mclynn, Beattie Edmondson and Christopher Ragland.

A Long Way Down

Shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, A Long Way Down by bestselling novelist Nick Hornby is a tragicomic exploration of four strangers linked by an embarrassing shared secret . . .

‘Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?’

For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer’s pretty simple: he has, in his own words, ‘pissed his life away’. And on New Year’s Eve he’s going to end it all . . . but not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin’s private party. They’ve stolen his idea – but brought their own reasons.

Yet it’s hard to jump when you’ve got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices if cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

‘A page-turning plot and rich, funny characters with several big laughs on every page…Hornby’s best yet’
Literary Review

‘Hornby’s best novel to date, impossible to put down…how can an examination of four people’s anguish be so enthralling?’
Ruth Rendell, Guardian

‘Masterful. . . some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading’
Johnny Depp

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