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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: July/August 2010

Nick Hornby August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am Books , ,

BOOKS READ: Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?: The Journal of a Psychotherapist—Jane Haynes The Birds on the Trees—Nina Bawden The Driver’s Seat—Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie—Muriel Spark A Far Cry from Kensington—Muriel Spark BOOKS BOUGHT: The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street—Charles Nicholl The Birds on […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: June 2010

Nick Hornby June 8, 2010 at 11:23 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Let the Great World Spin—Colum McCann The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them—Elif Batuman Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness—Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Lowboy—John Wray Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenneyMarion Meade BOOKS READ: The rest of Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David […]

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Exciting news…

Nick Hornby May 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm Books ,

I have been nominated by the American Biographical Institute, Inc “to receive the GOLD MEDAL FOR ENGLAND (their caps), in the name of your people and England.” My acceptance, the ABI tells me, will solidify my achievements “into tangible form – an elegant showpiece for any home or office … Every eye that is cast […]

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading: May 2010

Nick Hornby May 8, 2010 at 11:30 am Books , ,

BOOKS BOUGHT: Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David Kynaston American Rust—Philipp Meyer Puzzled People: A Study in Popular Attitudes to Religion, Ethics, Progress and Politics in a London Borough, Prepared for the Ethical Union—Mass Observation The British Worker—Ferdynand Zweig BOOKS READ: One third of Austerity Britain, 1945–51—David Kynaston Red Plenty—Francis Spufford American Rust—Philipp Meyer It’s never easy, returning home […]

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Words don’t come very easily to me

Nick Hornby May 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm Books

I am clearly not a natural blogger. Weeks go by before I feel compelled to post anything on this site. Words don’t come very easily to me, which, given my profession, is a worrying impediment. I am always amazed when editors, at publishing houses and newspapers, tell me (and they do, often) that a certain […]

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JD Salinger

Nick Hornby February 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm Books, Music , ,

It was hard to feel particularly sad about the passing of JD Salinger: most of us had become accustomed to the idea that we wouldn’t be hearing from him again. I am glad that January 2010 is over, though, because in the last four weeks, a lot of people who meant a great deal to […]

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The last sentence

Nick Hornby November 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm Books ,

The last sentence of the novel I have just finished (SPOILER ALERT): “Everything had gone wrong, and he had succeeded at nothing, and he was never going to have any kind of life at all.” Hey, thanks, literary fiction! Again! I wish the author had found a way to move that line somewhere up towards […]

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‘I hated every moment of it’

Nick Hornby September 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm Books

Last night, at the ‘Juliet, Naked’ signing in Selfridges, a nice woman told me that we’d met before, a few years ago, at another event. “You gave me some advice when I was applying to college.” “What did I say?” “I had two choices, and you told me to go for the less prestigious one […]