Funny Girl - Nick Hornby

Funny Girl

By Nick Hornby

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4
From 221 Ratings


A brilliant novel about a woman determined to make a name for herself as a sitcom star in 1960's London from the bestselling author of Dickens and Prince, High Fidelity and About a Boy

Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Funny Girl does what Nick Hornby does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.


  • Fun!

    By asapr212
    When a young woman wants to do anything to get out of her English town to “make it big” no one gets it until they do. Some out loud laughs and touching insight about what it is to be young(er) and then age. Loved all the London and British references.
  • Loved it!!

    By officialsuperm0m
    Oh the bare humor! Loved it
  • Ultimate Hornby: Awesome!

    By homeboy77
    He did it again! Nick Hornby has an uncanny talent to uncover tragedy, romance, epic and the timeless in the seemingly mundane, everyday lives of the people around us: doctors, shop assistants, museum curators, TV personalities, singers, mothers, writers. Only Hornby could manage to crack hilarious jokes writing about suicide, create an existential piece from a life of a GP’s family, write an ode to a football team or use 4 pt font size to invoke a retching reflex from the readers. His characters are easily identifiable, yet each one is unique, humane and deep - even the most shallow ones - and Hornby gives each one his own voice and lets them live their unique lives. Funny Girl is a success story; but unlike its many Hollywood counterparts - countless nauseating dancer/basketball player/boxer flics typically shown on channel 2 of trans-Atlantic flights - life getting in the way is the driving force and the essence of the book. It is funny, humane, fast-paced and deep, and contains the most original romantic proposal ever made. It’s about finding oneself, staying young and changing the world. It’s a page-turner - I read it in three days (mind you, I’m not a native speaker). It’s great. It’s Hornby.
  • Meh

    By JoanSusanB
    The best I can say is that I finished the book. It was slow and not very interesting. Story line seemed to repeat and repeat with no depth.
  • Photo Missing...

    By katYsPop
    In a novel with occasional photos of real persons, the photo I found myself wanting most to see was that of the one there could be no photo of. So real and endearing are the characters Horny has breathed life into, it seems there should be photos of them all. I will just have to imagine one of Sophie.