Club Book Episode 149 Nick Hornby
According to a poll conducted by the BCC, novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby ranks as one of most influential people in British culture. Hornby is best known to American readers for his chart-topping novels High Fidelity (1995), About a Boy (1998), and Juliet, Naked (2009) – each of which has been adapted for the screen. Hornby’s beloved memoir Fever Pitch (1992), centered around the author’s sports fanaticism, likewise spawned two feature films of the same name. Hornby’s equally impressive screenplay credits include recent Oscar contenders An Education (2009), Wild (2014), and Brooklyn (2015). In addition to Best Picture nominations, An Education and Brooklyn put Hornby in contention for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His latest book offers fans something of a departure. Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius explores the creative styles and unlikely similarities between a world-famous Victorian novelist and Minnesota’s homegrown music superstar, Prince.