By Nick Hornby
From the bestselling writer of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A good way Down comes a hugely expected new novel.
Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid younger Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to tv starlet amid a constellation of pleasant characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's most recent does what he does most sensible: endears us to a solid of characters who're humorous if incorrect, and forces us to check ourselves within the procedure.
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