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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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Nick Hornby June 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm Books

The novel I have just finished reading is serious and intelligent. It also has the most peculiar flaw I’ve come across: its characters become wildly over-animated in conversational exchanges. The following reactions are drawn from a random sample of about a hundred pages, approximately a fifth of the novel, so there are loads more where […]

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Fifteen minutes always seems plenty

Nick Hornby June 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm Books ,

I have been away for the best part of a month, mostly in Italy – Milan, Rome and Florence for work, the Amalfi Coast on holiday. In Rome, Joseph O’Connor and I read to a couple of thousand people, outdoors, and wondered why things couldn’t be like that in our home countries. There’s the weather, […]