Long Way Down
Nick Hornby

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Narrated By: Beattie Edmondson, Christopher Ragland, Nicky Henson, Pauline McLynn

Duration: 8 hours and 14 minutes

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'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 eighteen-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?

Nick Hornby's hilarious bestseller about strangers and secrets, now a major motion picture starring Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan.


Modern and contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction, Narrative theme: Social issues

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Extremely funny . . . and wise

Sunday Times

Brilliant, smart and funny . . . a cello suite about how to go on living. It's hard to imagine a novel more darkly and sublimely devoted to life

Boston Globe

Masterful . . . some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading

Johnny Depp

Generous and wise. Right from the opening pages, a smile played continually across my face


Impossible to put down . . . enthralling


Hugely enjoyable

Irish Times

Hornby's portrayal of four characters who accidentally meet on top of a tower block, all ready to jump to their death on New Year's Eve, manages to be sensitive and empathetic, but damn funny as well. My new Hornby favourite


A page-turning plot and rich, funny characters with several big laughs on every page . . . Hornby's best yet

Literary Review

Hornby pins down the age in which we live with precision and comic brilliance