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A more inappropriate title is inconceivable as most of this melange of fiction overflows with expletives. This sits uneasily with the fact that £1 from the sale of each audio book goes to an indubitably worthy cause, The Treehouse Trust, for children afflicted by frenetic and relentless autism. Though surely honourable, Nick Hornby's intentions in garnering this specially written material may prove disconcerting to the equally sincere purchaser.
Amid the fantasies and sub-realities of these monologues--by the guard of a controversial work of art, by a dog; by the Prime Minister explaining his occupancy of a car driven by a 15-year-old girl who affirms "He seemed like a nice bloke, he'd gone a bit quiet"--Miriam Margolyes is a shining star. She gives scintillating life to the banal, particularly as Maggie, maker of last request meals for the condemned since the re-introduction of hanging, "It's nice for me in a way because I get to do some cooking again."
"Ugly intrusiveness", ascribed to mobile phones in the penultimate contribution, is a phrase better suited to that particular story, and even the most moving allegory, touchingly read by Dermot Crowley, is somewhat spoiled. Surely the writers can't imagine obscenities enhance their work. --Lyn Took (4 cassettes Running time 6hrs 30mins)
Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of five previous novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) and Slam; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He recently wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, which is due for release in the UK in October 2009. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Simply the best short stories I have read. Multiple mini-masterpieces.Published 25 days ago by Bryan
It is not written by Nick Hornby and I did not realise that when I bought the book but there are some great stories.Published on 23 July 2013 by laurence
I bought this book wanting to learn more about writing short stories, as I'm trying to be a writer myself. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by Daryl Clifford