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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (7 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141802529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141802527
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,162,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of six novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award)Slam and Juliet, Naked. 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 written a book about his favourite songs, 31 Songs, and his reading habits,The Complete Polysyllabic Spree. In 2009 he wrote the screenplay for the film An Education. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.



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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)

About the Author

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.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
This collection of short stories definately has a lot to offer, what many people may not notice is that the title of this collection is indeed relevant. Each story, in very different ways features an angel, however not the ones we stereotypically label as angels; if you like the angels in these tales are those that go un-noticed (even during the story) - a fifteen year old girl, a security guard, an old school teacher, a partner, or indeed a child. It is in this way that each story makes you think.....and re-think, and then actually question yourself - is this possible? could that really happen?
I enjoyed all the stories. I would recommend this anthology to those who enjoy any of the novelists work, and those wiling to discover artists of a similar genre. Nick Hornby should be commended for compiling such a complimentry group of authors into one collection, for an absolutely tops cause!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
A collection of very entertaining short stories from a range of popular contemporary authors. I was so engrosed in the first one that I forgot to get off the tube at my stop!
Its all for a good cause too, with £1 every copy sold donated to the Treehouse Trust for autistic children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ELI (Italy) on 8 Jun. 2007
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Quite frankly, I liked some stories and didn't quite enjoy some of the others, but I still think this is a book worth reading, especially because the purpose for its creation is aimed to help autistic children. I was very touched by Nick Hornby's introduction. A must-buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 3 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
I am usually very wary when buying anthologies, because more often than not, you always get at least one or two fantastic stories, while the rest are mediocre, or terrible even. And after my experience with Nick Hornby's "About a Boy" - my first for him - I really didn't know what to expect, and I was looking forward to his story the least (yes, you must have deduced by now that I hated About a Boy).

However, this book pulled me in from page 1, with Hornby's very moving introduction. Hornby dedicated this book to his son Danny who is an autistic child, he then went on to describe very eloquently the plight of autistic children and what his experience as a father to one is like.

Now, I admit I did not like every story in the book, however out of 12 short stories, there were only 4 that I didn't quite enjoy as much as the rest of them. The stories are all first-person narrations written by a range of British authors, with completely different styles of writing who take you from a bizarre dog narrating his story, to a disgraced prime minister, to a security guard, to a death-row chef.

I will only mention my favourite stories in this review, and that includes the first story of the book "PMQ" by Robert Harris, who tells the story of what happens when Britain's Prime Minister goes AWOL and ditches his security guards to have a night out on his own leading him to a series of unfortunate events. It was such a great start to the anthology, it put a huge smile on my face, not only because it was wonderfully funny, but because of how well-written and cleverly executed it was.

My second favourite story was "Last Requests" by Giles Smith, which portrays a prison cook who prepares last request meals for death-row inmates.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2002
Format: Paperback
i was excited by this book, which offers a collection of sharp and affectionate stories prepared to play stylistic games only to enhance content. it proves there is worthwhile writing in the mainstream and shows those who have avoided Nick Hornby that he is a clever writer beyond angsty lad lit.
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