A Long Way Down

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Penguin, 2006 - Fiction - 333 pages
132 Reviews

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.

  

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A great novel with a very interesting plot idea. - LibraryThing
I like that the ending isn't perfect. - LibraryThing
Amusing and witty with a bit of insight too. - LibraryThing
I found the premise excellent and very creative. - LibraryThing
And I love Nick Hornby for writing her. - LibraryThing
He has all the slick writing techniques down pat. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - liveshipvivacia - LibraryThing

I've heard this wasn't his best book, but having read no other Nick Hornby books to compare it to, I have to say this was excellent. I really felt for the characters, even if some of them are "tossers ... Read full review

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User Review  - FAR2MANYBOOKS - LibraryThing

"Why it didn't occur to any of us that a well-known suicide spot would be like Piccadilly Circus on New Year's Eve. I have no idea, but at that point in the proceedings I had accepted the reality of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 12
Section 13
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Section 17
Section 18
Section 19

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Section 21
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About the author (2006)

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, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub, a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the Believer. His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in Highbury, north London.

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