Published by Riverhead on Feb 3, 2015
Genres: historical fiction, humor
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Barbara, a beauty queen from Blackpool, is ready to get out of town. She has her sights set at being England’s Lucille Ball. She moves to London and starts working toward her big break. She is one of lucky ones, after being in the right place at the right time, she lands the staring role in a BBC show that becomes one of the most popular series on television.
The title for this book is a bit deceiving. The story is not just about the funny girl, Sophie (aka Barbara, she changes her name) there is a whole ensemble cast. We have the wonderfully sweet and unhappily married producer/director, the slutty and charming co-star and a duo of in-the-closet writers. You are with them from the inception of the show to 50 years later.
As you are laughing and crying along with the character, you get insight on the trials, pressures and joys of being an artist, chasing dreams and doing what you think is right, even when the world may not be ready.
Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.