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Funny Girl - Nick Hornby

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Barbara Parker is Miss Blackpool of 1964, but she doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. So she leaves Blackpool and her family behind, takes herself off to London, and gets a job behind the cosmetics counter of a Kensington department store, while trying to work out how she can get herself noticed. A chance meeting with an agent results in a new name and an audition for a new BBC comedy series. Sophie Straw's time has come.

Funny Girl is the story of a television programme, and the people responsible for it: the writers, Tony and Bill, friends since national service and comedy obsessives; producer Dennis, Oxbridge educated, clever, mild and devoted to his team in general and Sophie in particular; and Sophie's good-enough looking co-star Clive, who feels that he's destined for better things, despite the apparently inexhaustible fringe benefits that television stardom offers.

As the 1960s progress, and the British people fall in love with Sophie's sitcom, the pleasures of teamwork begin to wane: nothing can stay good forever, and the mess of real life will always intrude.

Nick Hornby's new novel, his first since Juliet, Naked, is about work, popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and collaboration. It offers a captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity at a time when Britain itself was experiencing one of its most enduring creative bursts.

Industry Reviews

Beautifully captures the thrill of youthful success and of discovering your own talent * Daily Telegraph *
Funny Girl may be read as Hornby's latest defence of popular entertainment against high-culture elitism. Funny Girl makes his case for him eloquently and entertainingly ... both hugely enjoyable and deceptively artful * Spectator *
I loved this hymn to the 1960s, their infinite creative possibilities * Scotsman *
Vivid, sparky, a bit schmaltzy, and it rattles along * Independent *
Endearing, humorous and touching. Hugely enjoyable * Sunday Mirror *

ISBN: 9780670922802
ISBN-10: 0670922803
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 6th November 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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