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Funny Girl

Nick Hornby

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Funny Girl - the latest novel from Nick Hornby, the million-copy bestselling author of About a Boy Make them laugh, and they're yours forever...Barbara Parker is Miss Blackpool of 1964, but she doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She only wants to make people laugh. So she leaves her hometown behind, takes herself off to London, and lands a life-changing audition for a new BBC comedy series. Overnight she becomes Sophie Straw: charming, gorgeous, destined to win the nation's hearts. Funny Girl is the story of a smash-hit TV show and the people behind the scenes: the writers, Tony and Bill, friends since national service and comedy obsessives; producer Dennis, Oxbridge educated, clever, mild and not-so-secretly devoted to his star actress Sophie; and dashing male lead Clive, who firmly believes he's destined for better things. The show's success continues rocketing and the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. How long can they keep going before it's time to change the channel? Nick Hornby's novel is about popular culture and the swinging sixties. Sophie Straw is learning about youth and old age, fame and hard work, class and collaboration. Funny Girl offers a captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and freedom at a time when Britain itself was experiencing one of its most enduring creative bursts. Hornby fans will love his latest book, as will readers of David Nicholls, Mark Haddon and William Boyd. "Fans won't be disappointed by this new story...endearing, humorous and touching, full of spot-on period detail, all brought to vivid life by a cast of very human characters. Hugely enjoyable." (Sunday Mirror). "Resolutely, winningly light-hearted." (Observer). "Nick Hornby's funny, winningly perceptive novel is a pleasure to read." (Telegraph). "If you devoured About a Boy and whizzed through High Fidelity you're going to love Nick Hornby...

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Author:   Nick Hornby

ISBN:   0241965225

ISBN 13:   9780241965221

Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd

About the Author

About the author

Author:  Nick Hornby

Author Description:  Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of three previous books; Fever, Pitch, High Fidelity, and About A Boy. He also edited the collection of short stories Speaking With The Angel. He is the pop music critic for the New Yorker. In 1999, he was awarded the E. M. Forster award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Highbury, North London.