Funny Girl

Funny Girl

Book - 2015 | First American edition
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In swinging 60s England, the nation is mesmerized by unlikely comedy star Sophie Straw, the former Blackpool beauty queen who just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. Behind the scenes, the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. The show's writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, feels he's destined for better things. And Sophie Straw, who changed her name and abandoned her old life, must decide whether to keep going, or change the channel.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781594205415
Branch Call Number: F HOR NVD
Characteristics: 452 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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This is the worst Nick Hornby book that I've read so far, I hope he does better with his next novel. I think 'A Long Way Down' is his best.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Aug 18, 2016

I think it helped that I started out listening to the audio book of this and went back and forth between it and the print. I definitely laughed at loud at various times while listening during my lunch time jaunts. It's humorous and it's British so it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved the characters, the descriptions of the writing process, and the slow burn love story.

BostonPL_LauraB May 24, 2016

This was my first Hornby and I expected much more. He's known for his humor and wit and it wasn't actually that funny. It had a few funny parts, but overall it had more boring parts. It didn't help that none of the characters were particularly lovable or exciting. But somewhere around the middle I was more into it. Maybe I got used to the pacing and the characters and started not to expect as much. Overall, it's not a bad historical about the TV industry in Britain in the 1960's, but it isn't particularly memorable either. I'm still planning to read another book or two of Hornby's - maybe more of his famous ones. I half read this and half listened to it, and enjoyed the audiobook more, so I would recommend this in audio!

Nick Hornby is one of my all-time favorite authors because his characters are so hilariously real. This book is no different! It takes place in 1960s London, so you already know it'll be fabulous. Also, I'm still laughing about the TV show title "Barbara (and Jim)". Recommended by Sarah

ser_library Oct 26, 2015

the beginning was interesting and funny, but at page 120 when the plot had not yet reached the description in the blurb I was bored and read the end

Oct 07, 2015

I'm a huge Nick Hornby fan, but I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I just didn't bond with any of the characters--and I kept getting the male characters mixed up.

Aug 02, 2015

Nick Hornby is one of my favorite contemporary authors. This latest book doesn't disappoint. It's really fun from a historical perspective, and the characters are -- as always -- wonderfully developed and likable, even with all their flaws.

shokolit Jul 13, 2015

I loved the book. The story seems so realistic, that I actually googled the names of the main charcters and the TV show, to check if it existed. :-)

athompson10 Jun 13, 2015

Some fun lines but not a terribly interesting book, even given the fun subject matter (Swinging London! Television! Fame!) The two writers, Tony and Bill, are the best-drawn and most interesting characters.....hmm, Mr. Hornby?

Jun 06, 2015

London in the 60s - he did capture it (I was there). Good but not great book

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