The blurb: Nick Hornby returns to his roots – music and messy relationships – in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption. Annie lives in a dull town on England’s bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and performer, who’s gone into seclusion in rural America – or at least that’s what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker’s work, to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.
Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate. And he comes to some surprisingly optimistic conclusions.
My review: I have never read Nick Hornby before but thought this was a good a time as any to start, plus there were two recommendations for this title, one it was part of the TV book club, and two it was quite thin! When embarking on an unknown author I find the maxim ‘the slimmer the better’ applies well!
I really enjoyed this book, Hornby’s characters are funny and easy to relate to, they have the same worries and problems as we all have. The plot line for this book follows a similar premise to Adele Parks Love Lies that I have previously reviewed but is infinitely better. Tucker is a once famous rock star who is thought to be an enigmatic recluse and Annie is a thirty-something disillusioned, intelligent woman who posts a review on the Tucker fansite and ends up conversing with the man himself. It’s touching, sweet, slightly unbelievable but has a great ending, much more real life than candy coated! Definitely worth picking up!
7.5 stars out of 10 *******.5
(I have to start reading some rubbisher books!)
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