Nick Hornby Biography


Type: Novelist, essayist, lyricist

Born: 17 April 1957


He is also the author of "Songbook", a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, "Shakespeare Wrote for Money", and "The Polysyllabic Spree", as well as the editor of the short-story collection "Speaking with the Angel". He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award. Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books.

Hornby lives in North London.


  • (1995) High Fidelity
  • (1998) About a Boy
  • (2001) How to Be Good
  • (2005) A Long Way Down
  • (2007) Slam
  • (2009) Juliet, Naked
  • (2014) Funny Girl


  • (1997) Fever Pitch — directed by David Evans
  • (2009) An Education — directed by Lone Scherfig
  • (2014) Wild — directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
  • (2015) Brooklyn — directed by John Crowley

TV Stories:

  • (2016) Love, Nina

Nick Hornby Quotes

Sometimes you know you've got a chance with a girl because she wants to fight with you. If the world wasn't so messed up, it wouldn't be like that. If the world was normal, a girl being nice to you would be a good sign, but in the real world, it isn't.

You don't ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It's all about survival; it's all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...

Where would David Copperfield be if Dickens had gone to writing classes? Probably about seventy minor characters short, is where. (Did you know that Dickens is estimated to have invented thirteen thousand characters? Thirteen thousand! The population of a small town!)

Funny + sad is what I'm pitching for, every time.

You may think that you don't want to read about the problems of being brought up Mennonite, but the great thing about books is that you'll read anything a good writer wants you to read.

That's the trouble with good writers. Only the bad ones make you want to do the human thing and look away.

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