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Nick Hornby: the Prospect interview

Paul Broks talks fiction, football and cultural value with the godfather of lad-lit

By Paul Broks   September 2009

It’s 6am and I’m surrounded by cardboard boxes. The day after tomorrow I’ll be moving to a house I hadn’t even set eyes on when I went up to London last month to meet Nick Hornby. I mention this because in front of me, open at page two, is Hornby’s book, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree (2006), a collection of columns he wrote for the Believer, the US literary magazine. I’ve underlined the following: “At the beginning of my writing career I reviewed a lot of fiction, but I had to pretend, as reviewers do, that I had read the books…

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