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This is the worst Nick Hornby book that I've read so far, I hope he does better with his next novel. I think 'A Long Way Down' is his best.
I think it helped that I started out listening to the audio book of this and went back and forth between it and the print. I definitely laughed at loud at various times while listening during my lunch time jaunts. It's humorous and it's British so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved the characters, the descriptions of the writing process, and the slow burn love story.
This was my first Hornby and I expected much more. He's known for his humor and wit and it wasn't actually that funny. It had a few funny parts, but overall it had more boring parts. It didn't help that none of the characters were particularly lovable or exciting. But somewhere around the middle I was more into it. Maybe I got used to the pacing and the characters and started not to expect as much. Overall, it's not a bad historical about the TV industry in Britain in the 1960's, but it isn't particularly memorable either. I'm still planning to read another book or two of Hornby's - maybe more of his famous ones. I half read this and half listened to it, and enjoyed the audiobook more, so I would recommend this in audio!
Nick Hornby is one of my all-time favorite authors because his characters are so hilariously real. This book is no different! It takes place in 1960s London, so you already know it'll be fabulous. Also, I'm still laughing about the TV show title "Barbara (and Jim)". Recommended by Sarah
the beginning was interesting and funny, but at page 120 when the plot had not yet reached the description in the blurb I was bored and read the end
I'm a huge Nick Hornby fan, but I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I just didn't bond with any of the characters--and I kept getting the male characters mixed up.
Nick Hornby is one of my favorite contemporary authors. This latest book doesn't disappoint. It's really fun from a historical perspective, and the characters are -- as always -- wonderfully developed and likable, even with all their flaws.
I loved the book. The story seems so realistic, that I actually googled the names of the main charcters and the TV show, to check if it existed. :-)
Some fun lines but not a terribly interesting book, even given the fun subject matter (Swinging London! Television! Fame!) The two writers, Tony and Bill, are the best-drawn and most interesting characters.....hmm, Mr. Hornby?
London in the 60s - he did capture it (I was there). Good but not great book
Sort of a nice read-if you have the time.
After hearing Mr. Hornby interviewed on The Next Chapter, I was under the impression he was a humorous chap.
296 holds for this...
Delightful. I ended up doing a bit of research and "Sabrina" was a real person, as were many others mentioned. And the novel was a real joy to read. I was a kid in the early 60's, so a lot of this really resonated with me.
This novel is very good in evoking the UK in the early 1960s and the first years of television. It is typical Hornby, an enjoyable read, and inevitably will become a film, or even a TV series!
The times they are a changing. From 60's London to the present, this novel follows a young lady from Blackpool named Barbara/Sophie as she becomes a national star on the Telly!