Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby (2009)
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Lonely Avenue (with Ben Folds )
  DE 95 10/08/2010 (1 week)
  UK 89 10/09/2010 (1 week)
  US 36 10/16/2010 (3 weeks)

Nick Hornby (born April 17, 1957 in Redhill ) is a British writer and screenwriter . He is considered one of the most important current representatives of pop culture and pop literature . His most famous works include Fever Pitch , High Fidelity and About a Boy .


Hornby studied English literature at Jesus College of Cambridge University . During his student days he wrote stage, television and radio plays, but did not devote himself entirely to writing until 1992. Hornby previously worked as an English teacher , including for immigrants .

Through his autistic son Danny, he is a founding member of TreeHouse, a UK-based organization that promotes better education for autistic children. This organization also benefited from the proceeds from the sale of the Speaking with the Angel short story collection and the film rights to How to be Good .

Hornby lives in London and is a second married to the film producer Amanda Posey . His brother-in-law is the British writer Robert Harris . The author Gill Hornby is his sister.


In addition to prose, Nick Hornby has written for various magazines and newspapers such as The Sunday Times , Time and The Independent . Today he is also active as a pop music critic for ' The New Yorker '. He was primarily inspired by Anne Tyler , whom he met at a meeting with his professor, who inspired him to write novels . Hornby found further inspiration from Raymond Carver , Richard Ford and Laurie Moore .

Hornby's books are characterized by an examination of everyday life, sometimes also with reference to his own biography, and often the effects of extreme fantasies . His debut novel Fever Pitch dealt with his experiences as a supporter of Arsenal FC and their influence on his life. In his second novel, High Fidelity , his preference for music is in the foreground, later disabilities (like that of his son) and depression are included as themes in his works. His work A Long Way Down represents an attempt to look at depression and especially suicide from a serious but humorous perspective.

For the 2010 released album Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds Hornby wrote all the lyrics and some short stories. As a screenwriter, Hornby participated in the 2015 film The Big Trip - Wild .



as an author
as editor
  • Speaking with the Angel , translated by Ariane Böckler, Clara Drechsler and Harald Hellmann. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2001. Droemer Knaur, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-426-61978-4 .
    • Speaking with the angel. The audio book for learning languages ​​with selected short stories ( Speaking with the Angel ). Digital Publ., Munich 2004, ISBN 3-89747-346-1 (1 CD, read by Karl Ritson ).
  • My Favorite Year. Football stories ( My Favorite Year ), translated by Sonja Hinte. Bombus Verlag, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-936261-50-4 .



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  1. Chart sources: DE UK US
  2. Marcus S. Kleiner: On the poetics of pop literature. Part 3: Present spellings. In: Pop. Culture and Criticism, April 23, 2013, accessed September 8, 2019 .
  3. Nick Hornby: My life as a reader , Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2005, page 46
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  6. Nick Hornby: My life as a reader , Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2005, page 14
  7. BEN FOLDS - LONELY AVENUE - AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 ( Memento of August 7, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  8. IMDB - The Big Trip
  9. ^ With Mick Jagger in the trendy restaurant in FAZ on December 17, 2014, page 10