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A Chat with the British Novelist, Essayist, and Screenwriter Nick Hornby

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with bestselling author Nick Hornby about his new novel, "Juliet, Naked." We also discuss Hornby's screenplay for the just-released movie, "An Education." It's an independent film --- Hornby's wife is one of its producers --- based on an autobiographical essay by a British journalist about her affair (when she was a teenager, in London, in the early 1960s) with an older man. And toward the end of our show, we also look into Hornby's recent collaborations with singer/songwriter Ben Folds. Regarding Hornby's new novel, by the way, one critic in The Washington Post has noted the following: "Hornby's charming new novel, about love and music, sounds like a song we've heard before, but who's complaining? After all, we always expect Bruce Springsteen to sound like Bruce Springsteen. . . . In the same spirit, 'Juliet, Naked' echoes the melodies we know from 'High Fidelity,' Hornby's breakout novel. . . . Nobody captures the zealous devotion and bizarre intensity of amateur music snobs better. . . . He gently satirizes rockaphiles in a way that only endears him to them, and though this new novel will appeal to a broad audience for romantic comedy, anyone with a fading poster of Van Morrison will hum along, too."