Hornby has done a great evolution as an author. His first book was autobiographical (Fever Pitch), his second one still had a lot of autobiographical elements (Hi-fidelity), but since then he manages to write best-selling novels, without actually using the same trick over again, like so many bestselling authors do.
The story starts with a strange event. Martin Sharp, former television celebrity has decided to take matters into his own hands and end his life on New Years Eve. He should have known better than to jump from a high building. He is not on his own. Three others had the exact same idea. The four of them exchange stories, but none of them jumps.
This is the start of the rest of their lives. And however little they have in common; they have a bond through that night. The unlikely friendship has to continue somehow.
The book then rolls on and it is very difficult to put down. Hornby manages to drag you in his characters, however little you have in common with them. Another great book by Hornby, certainly if the second layer that might not be obvious for everyone, makes you think about life in general and this weird situation in particular.
Title: A long way down
Author: Nick Hornby
Language: English (UK)
# Pages: 257 (5083)