This Thursday :: Nick Hornby @Rough Trade
‘Not only does it make you want to read more but, like all great books, it’s also terrific company – Metro on The Complete Polysyllabic Spree
Stuff I’ve Been Reading by Nick Hornby – the bestselling novelist’s rich, witty and inspiring reading diary. ‘Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,’ Nick Hornby tells us. And in this new collection of his columns from the Believer magazine (taking off where The Complete Polysyllabic Spree finished), he shows us how it’s done. Or at least, how he does it: whether plunging into a biography of Dickens whilst his children are destroying something in the room next door or devouring a whole series of children’s books whilst on holiday. Hornby is the intelligent, committed but sceptical reader we’d all like to be. Admiring Ian McEwen’s On Chesil Beach, he points out a surprising anachronism. Reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, he wonders why ‘unflinching’ is a term of praise among critics. And who but Nick Hornby could successfully juxtapose a discussion of a book on the Band with one on the Stasi? These accounts of one reader’s experience of buying and reading, and sometimes not reading, books differ from all other reviews or critical appreciations – they take into account the role that books actually play in the lives of readers.
Craig Taylor is the author of Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now – as Told by Those Who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it. He is also the editor of Five Dials magazine, the free digital literary magazine published by Hamish Hamilton.
Thursday November 14, 7:00pm
BUY NICK HORNBY’S NEW BOOK ‘STUFF I’VE BEEN READING’ FROM THURSDAY 7th NOVEMBER AT ROUGH TRADE EAST AND COLLECT YOUR WRISTBAND AT THE SAME TIME
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