Quotes by Nick Hornby

"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss."

"It's no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn't even speak to each other if they met at a party."

"The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone."

"All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not."

"I don't know you. The only thing I know about you is, you're reading this. I don't know if your happy or not; I don't know whether you're young or not. I sort of hope you're young and sad. If you're old and happy, I can imagine that you'll smile to yourself when you hear me going, he broke my heart. You'll remember someone who broke your heart, and you'll think to yourself, Oh yes, i remember how that feels. But you can't, you smug old git. Oh you'll remember feeling sort of plesantly sad. You might remember listening to music and eating chocolates in your room, or walking along the embankment on your own, wrapped up in a winter coat and feeling lonely and brave. But can you remember how with every mouthful of food it felt like you were biting into your own stomach? Can you remember the taste of red wine as it came back up and into the toilet bowl? Can you remember dreaming every night that you were still together, that he was talking to you gently and touching you, so that every morning when you woke up you had to go through it all over again?"


Books by Nick Hornby

  • High Fidelity
  • 180,384 ratings
  • May 5th 1996 by Riverhead Books

    (first published 1995)

  • About a Boy
  • 130,315 ratings
  • 2000 by Penguin Books

    (first published May 11th 1998)

  • A Long Way Down
  • 84,160 ratings
  • May 2nd 2006 by Riverhead Books

    (first published May 5th 2005)

  • How to be good
  • 55,569 ratings
  • August 1st 2003 by Droemer Knaur

    (first published March 2001)

  • Juliet, Naked
  • 42,429 ratings
  • September 29th 2009 by Riverhead Books

    (first published 2009)

  • Fever Pitch
  • 36,631 ratings
  • March 1st 1998 by Riverhead Books

    (first published 1992)

  • Funny Girl
  • 27,900 ratings
  • February 3rd 2015 by Riverhead Books

    (first published November 6th 2014)

  • Our Mutual Friend
  • 26,784 ratings
  • January 31st 2012 by Vintage Digital

    (first published November 1865)

  • Slam
  • 23,834 ratings
  • October 16th 2007 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
  • Songbook
  • 13,223 ratings
  • October 7th 2003 by Riverhead Books

    (first published 2003)

Nick Hornby
  • Nick Hornby

  • Date of birth: April 17, 1957
  • Born: in Redhill, Surrey, England, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award. Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books. A film written by Hornby, An Education – shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim – was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall. That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim. Hornby lives in North London.