Nick Hornby

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Sally Phillips: “I don’t notice the sexism now because it was so much worse when we started.”

“I remember my first stand-up gig in the 80s was a gong show,” recalls Sally Phillips – I think we can guess where this is going. “The judges would ri(...)

By December, we may be watching Game of Thrones from a cosy post-Brexit bunker

Time to look forward to 2019. In the coming year we will continue to wonder why anybody would want to be host of the Oscars or manage Manchester Unite(...)

Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd in Juliet, Naked. Photograph: Alex Bailey

If this enchanting romantic comedy (what a rare, rare pleasure to write those words) had sprung from anyone else’s pen we’d be inviting Nick Hornby to(...)

Owen Booth has written a remarkable debut whose profound documenting of family life is achieved in less than 200 pages.

Proving George Herbert’s line that a father is worth a hundred schoolmasters, Owen Booth’s arresting debut is a compilation of life lessons passed dow(...)

Chris O’Dowd: “I used to write a lot in my spare time, in between jobs. But in the last three years I’ve had two kids.” Photograph: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Phew, that’s a relief. I thought we’d lost Chris O’Dowd there for a minute. Not on the phone – the phone connection to LA is fine, if a little distant(...)

Uruguay’s forward Edinson Cavani (R) vies with Egypt’s midfielder Sam Morsy (L) during the Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay. Photograph: Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The best revenge is living spitefully. Nothing is more satisfying than enjoying life in a manner that annoys your enemy. The World Cup has started. I(...)

Arsène Wenger with the Premiership trophy after Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 campaign. Photograph: PA

La Fin. And so the credits finally roll. Like reaching the end of some heaving biopic, it may take a while for Arsène Wenger to feel able to shake him(...)

Michael B Jordan, Tray Chaney, Larry Gilliard Jr and JD Williams in season one of The Wire. Photograph: HBO/The Guardian

When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was s(...)

Nick Hornby with Saoirse Ronan: “She’s the best young actress in the world at the moment, and she’s smart enough to avoid all the pitfalls that young actresses face when it comes to choosing material,” HE SAYS.  Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty

Current favourite book? This year I read Larry McMurtry’s magnificent Lonesome Dove, 800 pages of cowboys, cattle, guns, landscape, whores, rivers an(...)

McKinsey has just asked 14 chief executives which books they will be taking to the beach this year – and the result is one of the most naked displays of one-upmanship I’ve ever seen

Showing off if you are a chief executive has never been harder. The traditional ways of flaunting it are out. Conspicuous consumption is not only vulg(...)

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