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A Long Way Down [Paperback]

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 2, 2006
Publisher   Riverhead Trade
Age  18
ISBN  1594481938  
EAN  9781594481932  

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Meeting on New Year's Eve on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination infamous as a last stop for suicidal people, a television talk-show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother share the stories about their circumstances and decisions. By the author of How to Be Good. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 500,000 first printing.

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"New York Times"-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. "A Long Way Down" is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots.
Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.
In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.
Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, "A Long Way Down" is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

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More About Nick Hornby, Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Steve Waltz, Tami Benmayer, Sheila Yeger, Marcus Romer, Erika Sausverde & Szaulius Ambrazas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nick Hornby is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels (Funny Girl, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub. He has written screenplay adaptions of Lynn Barber's An Education, nominated for an Academy Award, Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. He lives in London.

Nick Hornby currently resides in London. Nick Hornby was born in 1957.

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Very different from his early work  Sep 19, 2008
This is closer to "how to be good", rather than "high fidelity" or "about a boy". I really liked it.
Good read.  Jul 28, 2008
Life affirming in a way you wouldn't expect a book about 4 down-on-their-luck characters would be. The characters themselves are fully fleshed out by Hornby, who is a great writer with a terrific ear for dialogue. It's all very English and hilarious in a way only the english can be.
Classic Hornby -- brilliantly funny  Jul 10, 2008
Another New Year's Eve, another party...another group of four people who meet unexpectedly on the rooftop of a building they've all trekked out to so they can kill themselves.

I read the back-cover synopsis and went "What?!" out loud in the bookstore. (Though I don't recommend doing this, as people stare.) This could have been such a grisly novel, but not with Hornby. I devoured this book and loved every page. He tells the story, through four different perspectives, of an unlikely group of misfits who are desperate and unhappy with their lives, and meet each other on a rooftop. They've each come here for suicide, but they end up with so much more than they had planned on. It's darkly comic, without feeling dark. It's imaginative and creative, without exploiting the characters for the sake of an extra laugh. Hornby takes gruesome subject matter and, in his inimitable style, treats it with humanity, compassion, and humour. His characters are so real, and I laughed out loud many (many!) times. You relate with each on some level.

This is a great read, and classic Hornby. He's a master of fiction -- truly good, truly funny fiction -- and with this novel, he will not leave you disappointed.
Kill Yourself  Jun 16, 2008
I thought this would be a book about hope and living life to its fullest. Obviously the author has never been suicidal since a "topper" would not find validation in life the way these characters do. I read the whole book, expecting someone to die. The character, Jess, is a teenaged cliche and I ended up skipping over her chapters. Basically, these characters have no reason to live, not in the beginning nor the end of the story. Their circumstances aren't altered in any way. They have no joy. Friends. Family. Hope. Its a book about nothing but setting appointments an deadlines.
Funny and an all around good book  May 30, 2008
This book was an interesting subject since it took such a dark subject and made it amusing. It's true to life in many parts, and makes a lot of good points about life in general. This book is more about life and screweing it up than suicide, and is quite enjoyable.

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