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By Nick Hornby | Comments: ( 605 ) | Date: ( Jun 26, 2019 )

In Nick Hornby s How to Be Good, Katie Carr is certainly trying to be That s why she became a GP That s why she cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience It s also why she puts up with her husband David, the self styled Angriest Man in Holloway But one fateful day, she finds herself in a Leeds parking lot, haviIn Nick Hornby s How to Be Good, Katie Carr is certainly trying to be That s why she became a GP That s why she cares about Third World debt and homelessness, and struggles to raise her children with a conscience It s also why she puts up with her husband David, the self styled Angriest Man in Holloway But one fateful day, she finds herself in a Leeds parking lot, having just slept with another man What Katie doesn t yet realize is that her fall from grace is just the first step on a spiritual journey torturous than the interstate at rush hour Because, prompted by his wife s actions, David is about to stop being angry He s about to become good not politically correct, organic food eating good, but good in the fashion of the Gospels And that s no easier in modern day Holloway than it was in ancient Israel Hornby means us to take his title literally How can we be good, and what does that mean However, quite apart from demanding that his readers scrub their souls with the nearest available Brillo pad, he also mesmerizes us with that cocktail of wit and compassion that has become his trademark The result is a multifaceted jewel of a book a hilarious romp, a painstaking dissection of middle class s, and a powerfully sympathetic portrait of a marriage in its death throes It s hard to know whether to laugh or cry as we watch David forcing his kids to give away their computers, drawing up schemes for the mass redistribution of wealth, and inviting his wife s most desolate patients round for a Sunday roast But that s because How to Be Good manages to be both brutally truthful and full of hope It won t outsell the Bible, but it s a lot funnier Matthew Baylis


  • Title: How to Be Good
  • Author: Nick Hornby
  • ISBN: 9780783896601
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E M Forster Award and the winner of the 2003 Orange Word International Writers London Award Among his many other honors and awards, four of his titles have been named New York Times Notable Books A film written by Hornby, An Education shown at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim was the lead movie at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival and distributed by Sony that fall That same September, the author published his latest novel, Juliet, Naked to wide acclaim Hornby lives in North London.



Comments How to Be Good

  • F

    This book was terrible. I am not interested in reading a book about marriage & divorce. It was boring and just went on and on and on. It makes me never want to get married EVER. Just awful.


  • Libby

    I think "How to be Good" certainly divided fans of Hornby who were used to his musical themes in High Fidelity and 31 Songs and his style in About a Boy. He was given a lot of criticism for writing the book from the perspective of a middle aged female but this did not bother me in the slightest. In fact I thought the book was witty and well written. I found myself identifying with Katie, despite her whiny repetitive moments. I loved her inner voice - I found things written on the page that I hav [...]


  • Shaina

    To say I didn't get this book would be a profound understatement. Near as I can tell, it's about all the terrible, mundane ways life can grind you down, how hypocracy gets all of us in the end, and the way what was once beloved can turn into what you hate in the ones you used to love.I found this book tremendously depressing. Also, it made me never want to get married or have kids. Ever.I was tremendously disappointed in the ending as well, at the same time as I admired Hornby's technical skill. [...]


  • will

    how to be goodAs long time readers know (or maybe you don't) Maria and I read to each other. One of the joys of "naked Sunday" is the fact that we don't have to get up, spend the day wandering around the flat in our pyjamas (just 'cos it is called "naked Sunday" doesn't necessarily mean that we spend the day nekkid!), basically just slob about.This Sunday we spent the whole morning (and a bit of the afternoon) in bed. We ate cereal, we drank cokes and we ate our way through a huge box of Runts. [...]


  • Jeff

    As I started reading this I said to myself, “Jeff, maybe your first Hornby book probably should have been High Fidelity not this one.” The narrator’s a 40ish British woman who’s married to an angry guy and who has two kids and is currently having an affair, but you know brutal cynicism and snark transcend everything. It really does.The questions is thus: If your spouse, suddenly goes from Mr./Mrs. Truculent, spewing venom everywhere, to someone who wants to do nothing but good deeds, do [...]


  • Zaki

    How to Be Good could have appropriately been titled Who Gives a Shit? or How to be Good for Nothing because that's what Nick Hornby is with his cheesy writing style and trite observations.


  • Jon Cox

    The last sentence of this book made me feel daft. I think I pretty much comprehended the majority of the book: the mild, slightly frantic despair that the main character feels over a marriage that is mutually dissatisfactory; the duplicitious and hypocritical nature of trying too hard to do good things when your own life is in shambles and you can't have fulfilling relationships with people that you actually know; the ambiguity that someone can feel when no option is without unacceptable costs. [...]


  • Eddie Owens

    Ok it's called "How to be Good", so I will try to be good.It's an interesting idea that doesn't go anywhere, and on that basis, it should have been written as a short story.Here's why it didn't go anywhere. The characters are one dimensional, there are no backstories, nothing is done with this miraculous faith healer.We don't get to find out why David is so broken and cynical, and we are only told in reported speech about his conversion. This is the crux of the book for fuck's sake. Someone unde [...]


  • Sara

    Loved this book! I didn't think I would, actually, because it opens with the decaying of a marriage between two Brits with kids. The subject just doesn't grab me much, I mean, as escapist reading why would I want to read about an unhappy marriage? Before I knew it, though, I was sucked in by the marvelous writing and witty humor of Nick Hornby.I had no idea where this book was going. There are so many unpredictable twists and turns and just when you think it couldn't get any crazier, it does. An [...]


  • Eva

    I wasn't sure how to rate this bookNick Hornby is an author that I generally like. He has a great sense of humor and his writing seems effortless. It flows out of him naturally and one almost feels like he must have taken a day or something to finish writing a book. I'm sure that's not the case and that he slaves over them like all writers. This was not one of my favorite. I loved A Long Way Down and Funny Girl. I think the topic was perhaps not the right one for his writing style. The book deal [...]


  • Antof9

    This book made me sad. It was really, really depressing. In fact, so much that it actually put me in a bad mood while I was reading it.Don't get me wrong; there were flashes of humor, clever writing, and certainly it begs a lot of introspection. But it was a real downer. None of the hope of "About a Boy", and although I haven't read "High Fidelity", I've seen that movie, and I think that had hope too.So here's what I started writing after the first section for BBC last Saturday:"How to be Good" [...]


  • Ivan

    I seen this book on my sister's shelf and asked her about it and her replay was:"It's horrible, characters are so annoying I wanted to torture them".So as Calvin said, that piqued my curiosity.Can it really be that bad?Turns out that it can be as I found no redeeming part.


  • Brad

    I really need to see the movie An Education. Nick Hornby was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and the critics thought he did a pretty fine job. I also heard that his YA novel, Slam was fine. I'd like to see Hornby doing a fine job because I've pretty much given up on him. I loved Fever Pitch; it is part of my personal mythology (I am an Arsenal fan, and it is very nearly a bible to Gooners). I also loved High Fidelity: slacker, music loving greatness. But since that brace of exce [...]


  • Sarah

    Well, this book proves that I can hate a book solely because of the protagonist. I'm disappointed because this was my first time reading a book by Nick Hornby and I wasn't impressed with the book or the writing. The plot focuses on a woman called Katie who is unhappy with her life. Then her husband goes through a radical change and becomes " really good". Its not a bad premise for a plot but there was nothing extraordinary or original about the book's execution. Katie is absolutely unbearable. S [...]


  • Adrianne Mathiowetz

    Well-written, compelling, blah blah blah. I'm sick of books about affairs and divorce.


  • Ritz

    Mi primer Hornby ¡Hurra! Gracias Kitty, gracias Núria excelente recomendación. Ya tengo 31 Canciones en la repisa.¿Por dónde comenzar? Será por mi absoluta identificación con el mundo reflexivo de la Doctora Katie Carr. En su mente, es decir donde sucede toda la novela, soy ella. No en sus acciones y decisiones, y definitivamente no soy ella en el rumbo que toma su vida ni en su destino final, yo de la primera página en adelante hubiese derrotado por caminos bien distintos.Pero a donde q [...]


  • Abhinav

    Okay, I can probably guess why this book is considered one of Nick Hornby's lesser works by fans of the author & yet it found a place on the Man Booker Prize longlist. Speaking for myself, I pick up a Hornby novel primarily for the laughs. Besides that, he gives you those warm, fuzzy moments & some observations about humankind in general that are worth their weight in gold. But do I go in expecting endless self-introspection & whining? Not really.The protagonist of 'How To Be Good' i [...]


  • Mike

    I bought this book maybe 6 years ago, after reading and loving High Fidelity and About a Boy. I read 100 pages or so, and put it down. A friend recently said she loved it, so I went back to give it another shot. It is, after all, about moral ambiguity and the search for a good life. That has always been one of my favorite topics. Once I got back into it, though, I remembered the things I disliked about it in the first place, namely: 1. I don't like any of the characters, major or minor, and I wo [...]


  • Veronica

    This is the first Hornby book I have read and he did not disappoint. I found it fun and truly original. Katie, the main character, and her quirky, confused thoughts are very entertaining. It makes you realize how our minds can go crazy sometimes specially when put in odd circumstances. This story is somewhat ridiculous but it also presents very serious issues on family and relationships. It speaks a lot about love and what it really means and gives importance to marriage and commitment. In a ver [...]


  • Amy Wilder

    Really intimate first person novel about a woman whose husband suddenly stops being snarky and facetious and becomes really sincere and loving. Basically I completely sympathized with her feeling that this person, while arguably much NICER than her husband, was basically NOT her husband any more, and was also pretty annoying.It's a great humorous approach to the same kind of material about morality that Jonathan Franzen explores in Freedom. Only, you know, funny and enjoyable rather thanGreat Am [...]


  • Kaya

    4.5 stars “The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”This book is drastically different from Hornby’s other works. There is still dark humor, but family dilemma and midlife crisis hold the center of the plot. Honestly, this could be even my favorite book by Hornby because of the issues that it deals with. The author wants to tell us that nothing is black an [...]


  • Jillian

    I loved this book, even though I hated the beginning and I didn't really like the ending either. At first I thought it was a book about nasty people, divorce and affairs, and I'm really tired of those themes. It turns out it was about much more. I don't care that Hornby is a man writing from a female protagonist's POV, since he did it so well. I love humor about manners, morals and hypocrisy, and this is was what the book is about. So many people found this book depressing, but I didn't. I found [...]


  • Ginny_1807

    La trama, a mio avviso, presenta qualche forzatura e i personaggi sono ​a volte ​definiti in modo eccessivamente stravagante, tuttavia i temi di fondo del romanzo vengono ​sviluppati con sensibilità, equilibrio e competenza. ​Anche in un contesto decisamente meno riuscito rispetto ai lavori precedenti, lo stile narrativo, venato di intelligente ironia, rivela lo scrittore di razza; e sotto i suoi fendenti si sgretola la maschera di ipocrisia e di cinismo dietro la quale oggigiorno ci si [...]


  • Salvo Sorrenti

    Peccato davvero per il finale, la seconda parte di questo libro non mi è proprio piaciuta, ho avuto la sensazione che nemmeno Hornby sapesse bene cosa farsene di BuoneNuove e dei protagonisti.Peccato perché la prima parte invece è spassosa, fortemente sconsigliata a chi immagina la vita di coppia come una nuvola sospesa a forma di cuore. E' preferibile essere single incalliti o avere alle spalle almeno 30 anni di matrimonio per affrontarlo con leggerezza.Comprendo quindi i molti voti negativi [...]


  • Tony

    Whilst I admit that there are some shrewdly observed elements of a fractured relationship (unfortunately writing from experience), this is not a pleasant read at all. It begins as it means to go on and on and onI had enough of a struggle making sense of my own disaster without looking on in Peeping Tom fashion at someone else's


  • Anna(Bananas!)

    Completely annoying MCs. I'm surprised I made it through. Disappointed because I like the author.


  • john Adams

    How to be Good by Nick HornbyI picked up this book as part of my “I am going to read people who aren't dead” series. I can see Hornby's appeal. He is a good writer. And if I were the kind of kid who was to wear really tight black jeans, over-sized white tee-shirts, and knit caps with brims and spend my time riding my one gear bike through the mission looking for cheap Mexican food, Hornby would be my man. He epitomizes “Gen Y” (God I love those “Gen” labels). If you are apathetic, di [...]


  • Norman Revill

    Ok, so Hornby's a Gooner and his taste in music is not exactly mine, but he sure can write. Why do we read? To prove we are not alone? A never-ending attempt to understand the human condition? A quest for like minds? Search me. All of these and a lot more besides I would say. As with a lot of the novels I read, my wife saw this in a charity shop on a weekend away and bought it for 20p on a Saturday morning. By Sunday lunchtime I'd read it and told her she should read it too and then pass it on t [...]


  • Emma

    I don't think it's a great sign when you put down a book after you've finished it and feel completely and utterly relieved that it's finally over. Forget about that final line and that fact that I didn't care enough (or am obviously not clever enough) to deduce any meaning from the sudden, jarring throat punch of a ending sentance.Nick Hornby in undeniably a brilliant writer and I have enjoyed many of his books. In this he shows many of those positive qualities in his wit, his intelligence, his [...]


  • Sofia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov)

    Mixed Feelings!!! I enjoyed it but I just couldn't connect with the characters and the end made no sense!


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