How to be Good

How to be Good is a dark and funny take on charity and what it means to live with someone ‘good’ from bestselling author of About a Boy and High Fidelity, Nick Hornby.

‘I am in a car park in Leeds when I tell my husband I don’t want to be married to him any more. . .’

London GP Katie Carr always thought she was a good person. With her husband David making a living as ‘The Angriest Man in Holloway’, she figured she could put up with anything. Until, that is, David meets DJ Goodnews and becomes a good person too. A far- too-good person who starts committing crimes of charity like taking in the homeless and giving their kids’ toys away. Suddenly Katie’s feeling very bad about herself, and thinking that if charity begins at home, then maybe its time to move. . .

‘Pins you in your armchair ad won’t let go . . . How to be Good? How to be bloody marvellous, more like’
Mail on Sunday

‘It does exactly what it says on the cover. Hornby’s prose is artful and effortless, his spiky wit as razored as a number- two cut’

‘The writing is so funny, and the set-pieces so brilliant. . . Hornby’s best book since Fever Pitch’
Lynn Truss, The Times

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How to Be Good (Penguin Street Art)
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