Nick Hornby (April 17, 1957 - ..)
Born: 17th April, 1957
Nationality: English
Profession/Occupation: Writer
Region: England, "Juliet, Naked", "High Fidelity", "An Education", "Brooklyn", "The Polysyllabic Spree", "Fever Pitch", "Wild", "About a Boy"

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Nick Hornby, in full Nicholas Hornby, (born April 17, 1957, Redhill, Surrey, England), British novelist, screenwriter, and essayist known for his sharply comedic, pop-culture-drenched depictions of dissatisfied adulthood as well as for his music and literary criticism.

Hornby's parents divorced when he was young, after which he lived with his mother and sister. He received a degree in English literature from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and began his studies at a teachers' training school the following year. While working as a teacher in Cambridge and then London, Hornby began a freelance journalism career, writing for publications including GQ, Time Out, and Esquire and serving as pop music critic for The New Yorker. He published a collection of literary essays in 1992, the same year that saw the release of Fever Pitch, an autobiographical account of his life as an obsessive supporter of the English football (soccer) club Arsenal. The hugely popular book was adapted to film in 1997 and again in 2005.

Hornby's stature grew with the popularity of Fever Pitch, but it was as a novelist that he gained his greatest recognition. His first work of fiction, High Fidelity, released in 1995, follows the romantic collisions and reluctant maturation of 30-something Rob Fleming, owner of a London record store--another obsessive fan, this time of snobbishly rare LPs. High Fidelity garnered critical acclaim and became a best seller in England. The book solidified Hornby's novelistic tone, which combines the reflexive irony and self-deprecation of his often-floundering protagonists with a buoyant belief in the redemptive power of art (especially music) and of human contact. High Fidelity was adapted to film (2000) and for the Broadway stage (2006).

Hornby's second novel, About a Boy (1998), concerns another feckless 30-something and his unlikely friendship with a 12-year-old misfit. It was made into a movie in 2002 and a television series in 2014. His other novels included How to Be Good (2001), A Long Way Down (2005; film 2014), and Juliet, Naked (2009; film 2018). The latter revisits extreme fandom in the Internet age, centring on an insular online community of music fans and the reclusive rock musician that they idolize. Funny Girl (2014) centres on the star of a 1960s television sitcom that becomes a cultural phenomenon.

Among Hornby's nonfiction works are 31 Songs (2003; originally published as Songbook [2002]), an exploration through autobiographical essay of his favourite music, and The Polysyllabic Spree (2004), which collects the pop-culture columns he wrote for the literary magazine The Believer. Further collections of those columns included Housekeeping vs. the Dirt (2006), Shakespeare Wrote for Money (2008), More Baths, Less Talking (2012) and Ten Years in the Tub (2013).

Hornby wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film An Education, based on a Granta magazine essay by British journalist Lynn Barber, for which Hornby received an Oscar nomination. He also wrote the screenplays for the films Wild (2014), based on Cheryl Strayed's inspirational memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and Brooklyn (2015), an adaptation of Colm Toibin's novel about the romantic entanglements of a young Irish immigrant to the United States. His work on the latter film earned Hornby his second Oscar nomination.

The TV series Love, Nina (2016) was adapted by Hornby for television based on Nina Stibbe's epistolary memoir, and he wrote State of the Union (2019), about a married couple in counseling; the latter show featured 10-minute episodes.

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Nick Hornby, High Fidelity: An analysis
Rob, is a morose one who needs this reason to always complain. Hes an extremely pessimistic person, who cant appear to discover a positive perspective in anything. Rob is also a very self-conscious one who is not quite happy with himself. He believes that he lacks in the areas he views as important in his life. He will depend on his girl to keep him happy, and judges his life in line with the woman he's with. He simply can't manage to be happy without one. His unhappiness drives him to be very critical and judgmental to the world around him. He makes a jerky remark to everything he notices. All and everything..
Regarding the Two Protagonists in Hornby's Novel, Of a Boy Article
Nick Hornbys' novel ‘About a boy' is a tale of two people growing up in two very different ways. Through the entire novel the two protagonists lead a change of self, a direct reaction to the activities of each different. Essentially the two protagonists enable each other to take a look at the world coming from a different point of view. The journey that the two characters knowledge in developing up is usually alike those of our own growing up, in this we have encounters that let us to mature and turn someone who is definitely accepted by simply society. Both the characters offer each other..
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