A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

About the book

‘Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?’ For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer’s pretty simple: he has, in his own words, ‘pissed his life away’. And on New Year’s Eve he’s going to end it all . . . but not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin’s private party. They’ve stolen his idea – but brought their own reasons. Yet it’s hard to jump when you’ve got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices if cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

Reviewed by West Meon WI Reading Group:

Initially put off by excessive bad language, we became interested in the characters and were intrigued in the way Hornby resolved their problems or at least to carry on living.

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby”

  1. Review by Kings Somborne Reading Group:
    Some of us found it funny, most of us found it disappointing, with rather cardboard characters. A bit formulaic and possibly written with film scripts in mind.
    Star rating: *

  2. Oh dear, a book that caused great and diverse controversy amongst our group.
    Those that liked it enthused about characters, style and content and thought it sympathetic.
    Those that disliked it didn’t believe in the characters or the storyline, found little humour and no empathy. **

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