Perma-tanned Martin Sharp's a disgraced breakfast TV presenter who had it all, the family, the pad, the great career, and wasted it away. Killing himself is Martin's logical response to an unliveable life.
Maureen has to do it tonight, because of Matty being in the home. He was never able to do any of the normal things kids do, like walk or talk, and his loving mum can't cope any more.
Half-crazed with heartbreak, loneliness, adolescent angst, seven Bacardi Breezers, and two Special Brews, Jess is ready to jump, to fly off the roof.
Finally, there's JJ, tall, cool, American, looks like a rock-star, who's weighed down with a heap of problems, and pizza.
Four strangers, who moments before were convinced that they were alone and going to end it all that way, share out the pizza and begin to talk...Only to find that they have even less in common than first suspected.
Funny, sad, and deeply moving, Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down is a novel that asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a group of losers, and pizza, can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.
©2005 Nick Hornby; (P)2005 Penguin Books Ltd
"The finest novel he's written to date. This book, I'm sure, will win him what he's long deserved, not just popular success, but real recognition from his literary peers." (Evening Standard [London])
"It's a thrill to watch a writer as talented as Hornby take on the grimmest of subjects without flinching, and somehow make it funny and surprising at the same time." (Publishers Weekly)
This is an enjoyable book. It is the first Nick Hornby book I have either read or listened to. I found the chatacters both funny and moving.
Funny in their everyday attitude to life but the mood changes when each goes into a self-reflection mode to think about how differently they could have dealt with things in their past.
A warm and amusing listen. Characters are chosen from reliable archetypes so you won't be too mentally challenged. Ideal for that journey or for listening to while busy with something else.
"What is important in life?"
Possibly but probably not.
Improved the plot? Nothing much happened.
Yes, it was good.
Yes as I want to see the film, they were filming while we were staying in Majorca. Otherwise...possibly not.
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