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In Nick Hornby's How To Be Good, Katie Carr is certainly trying to be. That's why she became a GP. That's why she cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience. It's also why she puts up with her husband David, self-styled "Angriest Man in Holloway". But one fateful day, she finds herself in a Leeds car-park, having just slept with another man. What she doesn't yet realise is that her Fall from Grace is just the first step on a spiritual journey more torturous than the M25 at rush-hour. Because, prompted by his wife's actions, David is about to stop being Angry. He's about to become Good--not Guardian-reading, organic-food-eating good, but Good in the fashion of the Gospels. And that's no easier in modern-day Holloway than it was in ancient Israel.
Mr Hornby fires his central theme at us from the title page: how can we be good, and what does that mean? But, quite apart from demanding that his readers scrub their souls with the nearest available Brillo pad, he also mesmerises us with that cocktail of wit and compassion which has become his trademark. The result is a multi-faceted jewel of a book: a hilarious romp, a painstaking dissection of middle-class mores, and a powerfully sympathetic portrait of a marriage in its death throes. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry as we watch David forcing his kids to give away their computers, drawing up schemes for the mass redistribution of wealth and inviting his wife's most desolate patients round for a Sunday roast. But that's because How To Be Good manages to be both brutally truthful and full of hope. It won't outsell the Bible, but it's a lot funnier. --Matthew Baylis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A profound, worrying, hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive novel' John Carey, Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Well, I typed ‘Nick Horny‘ not just once but twice whilst preparing this review – I’m sure it’s a sign of something, but I’m not quite sure what. Read morePublished 28 days ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Avoid at all costs - dreary, annoying, petulant characters. Boring, slow, weak story. This is the first book I have read by Nick Hornby and unfortunately I think it's put me off... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Junkie
a really entertaining book - the main characters are very realistic and incredibly annoying at times!Published 4 months ago by Alison
Quite interesting ending. The character realised that what was
missing in her life could not be provided by an affair or her family
but she had to find those things again... Read more
I'm afraid that I was rather disappointed by this. Parts of the book were good, but several key characters were not fleshed out enough to my mind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by @JanEllis_writer
This is a terrible book and complete waste time read. No likeable characters. No real story. Not believable. Read this writer book before and enjoyed but this is terrible. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maggot
It is unusual to find a book where reviews are quite so polarised. In general I would go along with those in the disappointed camp although there is much to think about in this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RoverP
I didn't think much of this book and found it distinctly average. It got some good reviews in the press but I think that must have been a little bit of comradeship, as it was... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan Smith