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5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoy Hornby's Fantastic Mind & Style, 21 Aug. 2005
I admit to being a Hornby fan, but I found this once again a joy to read.
You could criticise Hornby for only writing about Guardian reading Arsenal fans living in North London, but this underestimates the breadth of styles and ideas he has now displayed.
He chooses an eclectic group of characters and these 'unlikely' characters narrate his seemingly morbid subject. How do these living characters deal with their desire to kill themselves? And does what brought them to the edge, having a sick child and crushed hopes in the case of the sweet old lady, Maureen, or the pathetic life of the orange faced TV presenter, impact their life after attempted suicide?
The characters may be difficult to warm to, bar Maureen, who puts herself forward as the most natural protagonist, but each draws you in to the novel's story and the message. 'A Long Way Down' is simply a good story, marvellously told.
I recommend it.