by Nick Horny
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Hornby´s novel "A Long Way Down" describes four outstanding characters that meet in an extraordinary situation. Although each character has a different personality, a different life and a different reason to end his life, they are able to help each other. Nevertheless none of them can decide whether life´s worth living anymore.
It´s impossible to put down the novel, which is written in a unique funny way and even so full of pieces of wisdom.
Blurb (credit: Penguin Books): "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? (Quelle)