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About a Boy

by Nick Hornby

‘How cool was Will Freeman?’

Too cool! At thirty-six, he’s as hip as a teenager. He’s single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. He’s also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents’ groups of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.

Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers.

But Marcus latches on to Will – and won’t let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?

This astonishing novel, now a modern classic, was adapted for the acclaimed 2002 film About A Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult. Fans of One Day by David Nicholls and Any Human Heart by William Boyd will devour this book, as will lovers of fiction everywhere.

About the Author

Nick Hornby has captivated readers and achieved widespread critical acclaim for his comic, well-observed novels High Fidelity, How to be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award), Slam andJuliet, Naked.

His three works of non-fiction, 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Fever Pitch(winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree are also available from Penguin.



About Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of the novels SlamHigh FidelityAbout a BoyHow to be Good and A Long Way Down. He is also the author of Fever Pitch, a book on his life as a devoted supporter of Arsenal Football Club, and has edited the collection of short stories Speaking with the Angel. He has also written a book about his favourite songs, 31 Songs, and his reading habits,The Complete Polysyllabic Spree. His latest book is Juliet, Naked. In 1999, he was awarded the E. M. Forster award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Highbury, North London.

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