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Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl: A Novel (2015)

by Nick Hornby

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If this had been the first Nick Hornby novel I ever read, it would probably the last. Between a surprisingly boring plot and rather lifeless characters (despite their work in the early days of British television), this one just never had much of a chance. Disappointing. ( )
  SamSattler | Jul 20, 2017 |
Barbara Parker has grown up in post-War Blackpool and she dreams of becoming a comedienne like her heroine Lucy Arnaz but working in a department store the chances seem low. However Barbara is blessed with looks and determination so, after winning Miss Blackpool and then running away to London, her chance encounter with a theatrical agent gives her something to build on. Barbara doesn't want to be a 'hostess' or a 'dolly bird' so she badgers her agent from proper auditions and her talent and personality win her a part in a new 'Comedy Showcase'. This leads to a popular sitcom and the newly re-christened Sophie Straw is a national treasure but in the swinging sixties times, and the BBC, have to change.

Nick Hornby has successfully managed to plough a furrow between popular fiction and critical acclaim. His work is not highbrow but there's more than just an entertaining story here. Looking at post-War changes in British society and particularly the media Hornby weaves a fictional biography through real-life events and people. There's nothing new or innovative here but, as ever, Hornby's ability to create characters that we connect with makes this a wonderful happy read. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
fun read but too broad a brush over the characters. didn't get to know any of them enough to really be engaged. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Disappointing for Hornby, unfortunately. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Maybe this book was based on the comedy of "Seinfeld" 'cause a whole lot of nothing was going on here. I kept waiting for the punchline, a gimmick, the meaning of it all, but alas nada. Hornby, you got a lot of 'splainin' to do! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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For Amanda, with love and gratitude, as ever. And for Roger Gillett and Georgia Garrett.
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She didn't want to be a beauty queen, but as luck would have it, she was about to become one.
Bill was extremely careful. He always made sure that he knew the Test score, and that he dressed badly, and sometimes he made careful reference to girls. But then, he was afraid, like a lot of men in his position. He was always one mistake away from prison.
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