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A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby

Riverhead | May 2, 2006 | Trade Paperback |

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New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they''ve reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year''s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper''s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 2, 2006

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594481938

ISBN - 13: 9781594481932

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 2, 2006

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594481938

ISBN - 13: 9781594481932

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MARTIN. Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block? Of course I can explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block. I''m not a bloody idiot. I can explain it because it wasn''t inexplicable: it was a logical decision, the product of proper thought. It wasn''t even very serious thought, either. I don''t mean it was whimsical - I just meant that it wasn''t terribly complicated, or agonised. Put it this way: say you were, I don''t know, an assistant bank manager, in Guildford. And you''d been thinking of emigrating, and then you were offered the job of managing a bank in Sydney. Well, even though it''s a pretty straightforward decision, you''d still have to think for a bit, wouldn''t you? You''d at least have to work out whether you could bear to move, whether you could leave your friends and colleagues behind, whether you could uproot your wife and kids. You might sit down with a bit of paper and draw up a list of pros and cons. You know: CONS - Aged parents, friends, golf club. PROS - more money, better quality of life (house with pool, barbecue etc), sea, sunshine, no left-wing councils banning Baa-Baa Black Sheep, no EEC directives banning British sausages etc. It''s no contest, is it? The golf club! Give me a break. Obviously your aged parents give you pause for thought, but that''s all it is - a pause, and a brief one, too. You''d be on the phone to the travel agents within ten minutes. Well, that was me. There simply weren''t enough regrets
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From the Publisher

New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they''ve reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots.

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year''s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper''s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

About the Author

Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to Be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction, including Fever Pitch. His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in Highbury, north London.
 

Editorial Reviews

"A dramatic, sad and thoroughly side-splitting novel." -Newsday



"Wildly enjoyable. A daring high-wire act. It''s serious literature...no, it''s popular entertainment...no, it''s both!" -Seattle Times



"Time''s stealthy tread, its unseen ability to heal some wounds while inflicting others, gives Nick Hornby''s darkly comic new novel, A Long Way Down, its genuine power." -San Francisco Chronicle



 

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