Nick Hornby

Novelist, Screenwriter, English teacher
Both lightly whimsical and darkly melancholy, novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby channeled his unyielding love for pop music and Arsenal football into a series of successful novels that often featured adult men ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1957 in Surrey, England, GB


Writer (12)

About a Boy 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Brooklyn 2015 (Movie)


A Long Way Down 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "A Long Way Down") (Source Material)

Wild 2014 (Movie)


Not a Star 2012 (Movie)

(from novella: "Not a Star") (Source Material)

È Nata Una Star? 2012 (Movie)

(from the novel "Not A Star") (Source Material)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

(from novel:"Fever Pitch") (Source Material)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

("About a Boy") (Source Material (from novel))

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Novel: HIGH FIDELITY) (Source Material)

Fever Pitch 1999 (Movie)


Fever Pitch 1999 (Movie)

from autobiography("Fever Pitch") (Book as Source Material)
Producer (6)

Love, Nina 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Long Way Down 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wild 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

An Education 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fever Pitch 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Bleep My Dad Says 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)



Both lightly whimsical and darkly melancholy, novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby channeled his unyielding love for pop music and Arsenal football into a series of successful novels that often featured adult men struggling to grow up while refusing to let go of their obsessions - usually for pop music or Arsenal football. Though he carved out a niche as the writer of literature that focused on angst-ridden men, he also managed to fulfill a long-held ambition to write feature films. While his first novel, Fever Pitch, was adapted in both 1997 and 2005, the Americanized version of his second work, "High Fidelity" (2000), became something of a cult classic in the United States. But it was the adaptation of "About A Boy" (2002), starring Hugh Grant, that brought serious critical acclaim to a film based on his work and put Hornby on the public's radar. He continued to produce quality novels, including his most seminal book to date, How to Be Good, before he turned the tables and adapted the work of another author for the coming-of-age drama, "An Education" (2009), which earned him several award nominations and launched a second career as a successful screenwriter.


Virginia Bovell

Married shortly after he published first book Fever Pitch 1992 Divorced 1998

Derek Hornby

Chairman of Rank Xerox Divorced from Nick's mother; moved to France and then the U.S. to go live with another family he had started in secret

Margaret Hornby

Divorced from Nick's father; raised children as single parent

Danny Hornby

Born 1992; mother, Virginia Hornby; diagnosed as severely autistic around 18 months

Gill Hornby


Amanda Posey Producer

Co-produced both feature film adaptations (1997 and 2005) of his book Fever Pitch (1992)


Maidenhead County Boys School

Now known as Desborough School

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England



Wrote novel Juliet, Naked, about a reclusive 1980s rock star who is forced out of isolation


Adapted Lynn Barber's autobiographical memoir An Education for the big screen; earned Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay


Wrote first young adult novel Slam, about a 16-year-old skateboarder named Sam whose life changes drastically when his girlfriend gets pregnant


High Fidelity inspired Boston stage musical, which had limited run on Broadway


Executive produced U.S. adaptation of "Fever Pitch," starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore; story was changed for an American audience in that it centered around baseball; film directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly


Published dark comedic novel that centered on depression, suicide, and New Year's Eve titled A Long Way Down


Wrote column titled "Stuff I've Been Reading" for San Francisco-based literary magazine The Believer


Executive produced feature adaptation "About A Boy," starring Hugh Grant and directed by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz


Published fourth novel How to Be Good


Americanized version of "High Fidelity" adapted for the screen, directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack


Published third novel About A Boy, about an wealthy, irresponsible Londoner who befriends an adolescent from a single parent family while trying to meet women


Adapted novel into British feature film "Fever Pitch," starring Colin Firth as a fictional version of Hornby


Published second book and first novel High Fidelity, which focused on a young man’s obsession with his vast collection of music at the expense of everything else


Published Fever Pitch, an autobiographical collection of short essays about his obsession with Arsenal football; received William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award

Began publishing articles in the Sunday Times, Time Out, and the Times Literary Supplement

Bonus Trivia


After his son was diagnosed with Autism, Hornby and his wife joined a group of like parents and started the TreeHouse School for Autistic Children.


In 1999, Hornby received the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Hornby had a longtime collaboration with the rock band Marah, fronted by Dave and Serge Bielanko. Hornby occasionally toured with the band in the U.S. and Europe, joining them on stage to read his own essays about particular moments and performers.