Everyone's Reading Bastard [NOOK Book]

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Bestselling author Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “Fever Pitch,” “About a Boy,” “Juliet, Naked”) is a virtuoso at love gone wrong. In his new short story, “Everyone’s Reading Bastard,” Hornby paints a wincingly comic picture of just how messy modern relationships can become, as his characters hit delightful new lows of cruelty, misery, and pettiness.


Newspaper columnist Elaine Harris has always written about her life with husband Charlie. Her ...

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Overview

Bestselling author Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” “Fever Pitch,” “About a Boy,” “Juliet, Naked”) is a virtuoso at love gone wrong. In his new short story, “Everyone’s Reading Bastard,” Hornby paints a wincingly comic picture of just how messy modern relationships can become, as his characters hit delightful new lows of cruelty, misery, and pettiness.


Newspaper columnist Elaine Harris has always written about her life with husband Charlie. Her editor and her legions of readers count on full disclosure from her, but what no one—least of all Charlie—anticipates, only a week after the couple decide to end their marriage, is the speed and inventiveness with which she begins to try him in the court of public opinion. On Monday morning, it’s a smirk by a forgettable former lover that first clues him in that something’s wrong. Then, before he’s settled in at his desk, another co-worker salutes Charlie with the title of Elaine’s new column: “Bastard!” A quick check online leads him to the column, the subtitle leaving little doubt as to what he’s in for: “Life with an Ex. He’s Gone but Not Forgotten.” Charlie’s only hope is that Elaine will get bored and abandon the weekly column—a colorful litany of his failures as a partner, father, breadwinner, and lover—or that it won’t catch on. But soon enough it’s a multimedia feeding frenzy, and everyone’s reading Bastard! And for Charlie, that’s a bitch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614520313
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,040,370
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Nick Hornby is the author of the memoir “Fever Pitch” and six novels, including “High Fidelity,” “About a Boy,” and, most recently, “Juliet, Naked.” He is also the author of “Songbook,” a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for music criticism, and editor of the short-story collection “Speaking with the Angel.” His screenplay for “An Education” was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in North London.

Biography

Journalist and bestselling novelist Nick Hornby is best known for his portraits of dysfunctional Peter Pans -- clueless postmodern males in various stages of arrested development who discover, often to their chagrin, that growing up is a process involving far more than the passage of time. Dubbed the "maestro of the male confessional" by The New Yorker, Hornby is credited as the founder of the "lad lit " genre -- a peculiar honor, since he also seems to be its only truly successful practitioner!

However, to dismiss Hornby's writing as the testosterone-laced equivalent of "chick lit" is to seriously underestimate his talent. The New York Times Book Review put it this way: "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance." (As further proof of his standing in the literary community, a group of distinguished colleagues -- including Germaine Greer, Zadie Smith, and Doris Lessing -- honored Hornby with the 2003 London Award.)

After graduating from Cambridge, Hornby worked a succession of jobs (he taught school, gave language classes, and served as a host for Samsung executives visiting the U.K.) before becoming a journalist. He wrote a series of pop culture columns for the Independent and wrote about music, books, and sports for Esquire, The Sunday Times, Elle, and the Times Literary Supplement. Then, in 1992, Hornby published a hilarious sports memoir about his maniacal obsession with Britain's Arsenal Football Club. A huge bestseller, Fever Pitch won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and helped to give soccer a cachet far beyond its formerly "blokey" appeal. His debut novel, High Fidelity, appeared in 1995. Teeming with hip music and pop culture references, this story of a thirty-something record store owner lamenting his failed romantic relationships struck a responsive chord with readers on both sides of the Pond, paving the way for his bestselling 1998 follow-up, About a Boy.

Critical praise and literary honors have followed Hornby throughout his career: His 2001 novel How to Be Good won the WH Smith Fiction Award and was nominated for a Booker Prize; A Long Way Down (2005) was shortlisted for both the Whitbread Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He is the author of a bestselling novel for young adults (Slam), and his nonfiction essays have been collected into several anthologies, including The Polysyllabic Spree, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, and Songbook (published in the UK as 31 Songs). He also serves as a pop music critic for The New Yorker.

Good To Know

Hollywood loves Hornby!
  • High Fidelity was filmed in 2000 with John Cusack.
  • Hugh Grant starred in the 2002 film About a Boy.
  • Fever Pitch was filmed twice: The 1997 British version starred Colin Firth. In 2005, an Americanized remake (substituting the Boston Red Sox for the Arsenal Football Club ) was released starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore.

    Hornby has admitted that when he first began writing, voice was a problem. "Everything changed for me when I read Anne Tyler, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, and Lorrie Moore, all in about '86-'87," he has said. " ... voice, tone, simplicity, humour, soul ... all of these things seemed to be missing from the contemporary English fiction I'd looked at, and I knew then what I wanted to do."

    Hornby is the father of an autistic son, Danny. He is also a co-founder of TreeHouse, an English charity school for autistic children. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Speaking with the Angel, an anthology of stories he edited in 2002, was donated to TreeHouse.

    Writer Zadie Smith has credited Hornby for "reintrocuding the English novel to its long-lost domestic roots."

    Music is still paramount in Hornby's life. He has a longstanding relationship with the American rock group Marah and has collaborated with them in music/spoken word performances on several occasions.

    Hornby writes a monthly column, "Stuff I've Been Reading," for The Believer , a literary magazine published by Dave Eggers's McSweeney's publishing house.

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      1. Date of Birth:
        April 17, 1957
      2. Place of Birth:
        Redhill, Surrey, England
      1. Education:
        Jesus College, Cambridge University

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    • Posted July 10, 2012

      This is a work of short fiction about a divorcee whose wife deta

      This is a work of short fiction about a divorcee whose wife details his many shortcomings in her weekly newspaper column (titled "Bastard").

      As usual, Hornby's characters are richly rendered (warts and all) and though this finishes on what feels like a half-note, it does draw a target on a culture -- and even a news media -- which has become obsessed with oversharing.

      As a fan of short fiction, I'm thrilled to see shorter works from well-known authors published as inexpensive ebooks, though this one comes with a caveat; $1.99 isn't a lot by book standards, but I read the 20-page story in 15 minutes, so you might want to weigh the cost/benefit ratio.

      Hornby fans will like Bastard, but those new to him might want to read High Fidelity or About a Boy for a better insight into his talents.

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    • Posted July 29, 2012

      great characters, but short short short

      this would be a perfect first few pages for an opening novel. talk about leaving me wanting more....
      there are novels, novelettes, novelinis, this is shorter.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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      Posted September 3, 2012

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      YIPPEE

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      Good read

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    • Posted September 11, 2012

      ***

      This was a somewhat humorous story about revenge after a marriage ends. The writing was clever, and it takes less than an hour to read. My main complaint is the ending. I kept trying to turn the page to get to the ending, not realizing that I had already finished the story. Terrible ending!

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