About a Boy
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About a Boy

The million-copy number-one bestseller About a Boy is Nick Hornby’s comic and heart-warming novel about growing up, staying young, and learning what it means to be responsible.

‘How cool was Will Freeman?’

Too cool! At thirty-six, he’s as hip as a teenager. He’s single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He’s also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents’ groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.

Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will – and won’t let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?

‘A stunner of a novel. Utterly read-in-one-day, forget-where-you-are-on-the- tube-gripping’ Marie Claire

‘About the awful, hilarious, embarrassing places where children and adults meet, and Hornby has captured it with delightful precision’ Irish Times

‘It takes a writer with real talent to make this work, and Hornby has it – in buckets’
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About A Boy (Film Tie-in)
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