Nick Hornby

 

About A Boy

 

Centred around a deadpan twelve year old and a dilettante thirty-eight year old who somehow gets involved. Well written, often funny, Hornby manages to get away with the (only) occasionally impossibly mature and articulate child’s dialogue by perceptively recounting alternate perspectives. There’s a skilled balance between realistic characters without all the answers, and some sense of hope, growth and satisfactory conclusion (without the standard brutal moralising). I read it in one sitting.

 

January 2002