Nick Hornby "About a Boy"

Nick Hornby "About a Boy"

Nick Hornby "About a Boy"


Nick Hornby

‘About a Boy’ is the story of the growing relationship between Marcus, a twelve-year-old boy, and Will, a 36-year-old man. Marcus is having problems at home and at school. Will wants a life without responsibilities; he isn’t interested in children, marriage or work. But Will is interested in attractive single mothers, and he invents a two-year-old son so that he can join a single parents’ group. When he meets Marcus and his mother, his life begins to change.

About a Boy is very funny and enjoyable, but it also has a much more serious side.

Nick Hornby has written four books: ‘Fever Pitch’ (1992); ‘High Fidelity’ (1995);’ About a Boy’ (1998) and ‘How to be Good’ (2001). The stories all take place in north London, and are mainly about relationships. The first three books have been made into successful films. In ‘About a Boy’, the popular British actor Hugh Grant plays the character of Will. The end of the story was changed for the film. Which ending do you prefer?


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