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Household names

Nick Hornby May 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm Books, Films ,

In the Evening Standard today, the poet Ruth Padel is described as ‘the only household name’ left in the race to become Oxford Professor of poetry. I’m sure Padel is an excellent poet, and a perfectly good candidate for the chair, but despite all this, she is not a household name; I would go so […]

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Sometimes…

Nick Hornby April 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm Books, Films , ,

Sometimes you can be helped towards a greater understanding of your own views on a subject by reading an argument that is diametrically opposed to everything you believe. This happened to me yesterday when I came across the playwright Mark Ravenhill’s piece in the G2 section of the Guardian, a piece which in the print […]

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Salman Rushdie

Nick Hornby March 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm Films

Salman Rushdie, writing in the Guardian about film adaptations, tells us that “the failures are so much more frequent than the successes”. Well, yes. But what about original screenplays? How’s the strike rate there? And novels? Even novels with serious literary intentions? Poems? Plays? Marriages? Lives?

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Slumdog Millionaire

Nick Hornby February 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm Books, Films , ,

Not everybody has been made to feel good by the feelgood Oscar success of the feelgood ‘Slumdog Millionaire’… as a letter in the London Review of Books makes plain: “[Slumdog Millionaire’s] intention to make money is all too clear. It does so by giving the rags-to-riches formula an exotic spin, and manages to be at […]

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Audience Award

Nick Hornby January 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm Films ,

‘An Education’ won the Audience Award in the World Dramatic category at the Sundance Film Festival. John de Borman also won the Best Cinematography award. We sold the film to Sony Classics, so it now has US distribution. We had a good time. I will post a Sundance diary later in the week.

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A Sundance Diary

Nick Hornby January 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm Films ,

Saturday Jan 17th The story so far: ‘An Education’, a film with a script I adapted from a piece of Lynn Barber memoir which originally appeared in Granta, has been invited to the Sundance Film Festival. ‘An Education’, directed by Lone Scherfig, stars Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan, a brilliant young actress, and was produced […]

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Happy New Year

Nick Hornby January 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm Charity, Films ,

Happy New Year. Mine began with a visit (uninvited) from a Mail On Sunday journalist, who rang on my doorbell on a Saturday morning because she wanted me to talk to her about the tragic death of John Travolta’s son. As I have never met John Travolta or his son, I declined to comment, perhaps […]