The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby's hilarious best seller about strangers and secrets, now a major motion picture starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan.
'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?'
For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?
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Great cast of characters
Dead pan Hornby makes life worth living
The development of adaptations through actors were never better. The story hinges on the characters' differences on the Surface, and with Hornby's sensitive and loving humour they all come to life through perfect casting. As always, Hornby makes me see the joy of life and the beauty of people.
Jessie is so sad, wanting more out of life, trying all the time and mixes geniality with less fortunate choices, with an insecure and warm heart beating inside.
Characterisation, which was both tender, funny and distinct, making the most of Hornby's words.
- Joakim Hermansson