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Nick Hornby's 'A Long Way Down' goes a long way up New York Times and BookSense bestseller lists
National Public Radio's Fresh Air book reviewer, Maureen Corrigan, introduced bestselling 'lad lit' author Nick Hornby at BookExpo America 2005. The British author ruminated on his inspirations and influences with characteristic understated wit and talked about his restless search for the right creative ideas. The author who broke onto the literary scene with Fever Pitch (Penguin paperback, 1994) and High Fidelity (Riverhead Books, 1995), introduced his new novel, A Long Way Down' (Riverhead Books; June 7, 2005), which was an instant New York Times and BookSense bestseller upon publication. Afterward, he was swarmed by a long line of booksellers seeking autographs of A Long Way Down.

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