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About a Boy - Nick Hornby

About a Boy

By: Nick Hornby

Paperback | 1 May 1999

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A wise, hilarious novel from the beloved, award-winning author of Dickens and Prince, Funny Girl and High Fidelity

Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women - women who would not ordinarily look twice a Will - might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers - bright, attractive, available women - thousands of them, were all over London. He just had to find them.

SPAT: Single Parents - Alone Together. It was a brilliant plan. And Will wasn't going to let the fact that he didn't have a child himself hold him back. A fictional two-year-old named Ned wouldn't be the first thing he'd invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual twelve-year-old named Marcus, who is more than Will bargained for...

Industry Reviews
"A follow up toHigh Fidelity...About a Boyis an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale...shrewdly hilarious." Entertainment Weekly "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance." The New York Times Book Review"The conversations between Will and Marcus are hilariously loopy." The Boston Globe"An amusing male-bonding theme...stylish, well-observed" People"Writing with real 'soul.'" Harper's Bazaar"An utterly charming, picaresque tale of an older guy, a young kid, and the funky, dysfunctional real-life ties that bind and unbind." Vogue" "A follow up to High Fidelity...About a Boy is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale...shrewdly hilarious." Entertainment Weekly "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance." The New York Times Book Review"The conversations between Will and Marcus are hilariously loopy." The Boston Globe"An amusing male-bonding theme...stylish, well-observed" People"Writing with real 'soul.'" Harper's Bazaar"An utterly charming, picaresque tale of an older guy, a young kid, and the funky, dysfunctional real-life ties that bind and unbind." Vogue"