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Nick Hornby August 1, 2008 at 2:52 pm Books, Films , , , , , ,

– I’m about a third of the way into a novel, with the working title ‘Juliet, Naked’. – I’m editing, with Eli Horowitz,  a ‘Best of McSweeneys’ book for Hamish Hamilton, publication some time next spring, I think. (This is a lovely job – I’m discovering great young writers I’d never heard of several times a day […]

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When I began this blog

Nick Hornby March 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm Books, Films ,

When I began this blog, it was suggested to me that readers might be interested in what I was doing with my time, and I still haven’t found a good way of talking about that. Interruptions to my regular working pattern – the preparation for An Education, and now the filming, and the paperback and […]

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Knocked Up

Nick Hornby February 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm Books, Films , ,

Another article in the Guardian about how movies depicting pregnancy are somehow anti-abortion: after ‘Knocked Up’, it’s the new (and very charming) ‘Juno’ that is in trouble (see below for the link). “Hollywood heroines who don’t consider abortion are of a generation taking its rights for granted,” is the misleading subtitle of Hadley Freeman’s piece. […]

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Nick Hornby December 9, 2007 at 3:45 pm Books , ,

I cannot personally recommend this interview I did with the Washington Post because I haven’t read it, but I’ve been told that it’s OK (by which, of course, I mean that it’s sympathetic, and thorough). I stopped reading anything written about me a long time ago. It wasn’t just that I was no longer interested […]

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Nick Hornby October 22, 2007 at 3:49 pm Books, Films , , ,

I have decided to milk my connection with Nicholas Hoult, the star of ‘About A Boy’ and ‘Skins’, for all it is worth. Nicholas kindly agreed to read the audiobook for SLAM, and the teenage girls in the audience for my reading at Lyme Regis told me that he was “hot”. He would probably be […]

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In Manchester

Nick Hornby October 16, 2007 at 3:51 pm Books, Charity

In Manchester I met a tiny fifteen-year-old girl who showed me her self-harming scars. She just wanted to die, she said, which is why she was thinking of having a baby. I asked her whether she ever talked to anyone at school about her problems, but it turned out that she didn’t attend school – […]

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Signing skateboards

Nick Hornby October 11, 2007 at 3:52 pm Books

the last time I  had a book out, I appeared on stage with Francis Spufford, Blake Morrison and Andrew O’Hagen, debating the value of literature. For the publication of SLAM, I have shared a stage with Darren the rapper, various DJs, and half-a-dozen fifteen-year-old girls wearing hotpants. I have signed several skateboards, two cheeks (the […]

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Slam-dancing on the library floor

Nick Hornby October 10, 2007 at 3:53 pm Books

My reading in Norwich Millennium Library ended, as, presumably, East Anglian literary events usually do, with a group of lads slam-dancing on the library floor. It was a great evening, for me anyway: a good venue, a large and lively all-age crowd. At the back of the Millennium Library is the 2nd Air Division Memorial […]

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My current projects…

Nick Hornby July 26, 2007 at 3:59 pm Books, Films ,

My current projects….Actually, there are no current projects. I have just finished dealing with the copy editor’s last few queries relating to SLAM, a novel that is about and hopefully for teenagers; the nth draft of the screenplay I’ve been working on for the last couple of years, an adaptation of Lynn Barber’s autobiographical essay […]