這不是芭芭拉史翠珊的妙女郎，High Fidelity《失戀排行榜》About a Boy《非關男孩》作者Nick Hornby還原六O年代場景，重現當年流行文化，再創英國藍領階級出身卻聰明漂亮的妙女郎，機智、樸實無華、意氣風發、身材窈窕、聰明、搞笑，最重要還是金髮美女的Sophie，翻開第一頁從第一行開始，讀者就會喜歡上這妙女郎；戲謔風格，於樂效果，讀來暢快無比，不是哈哈大笑，卻不斷嘴角掛著微笑。
Nick Hornby不是多產作家，也不以深度高文學作品見長，但巧妙將流行文化帶入充滿智慧、魅力和幽默的故事情節，傳達讓讀者產生共鳴或似曾相似的「熟悉」能力，放眼文壇，Nick Hornby，出類拔萃。
Funny Girl - the much-anticipated new novel by Nick Hornby, the million-copy bestselling author of About a Boy.
Make them laugh, and they're yours forever...
It's the swinging 60s and the nation is mesmerized by unlikely comedy star Sophie Straw, the former Blackpool beauty queen who just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. Behind the scenes, the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. The writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, each harbour a secret.
The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, feels he's destined for better things. And Sophie Straw, who's changed her name and abandoned her old life, must decide whether to keep going, or change the channel. Nick Hornby's new novel is about popular culture, youth and old age, fame, class and teamwork. It offers a wonderfully captivating portrait of youthful exuberance and creativity, and of a period when both were suddenly allowed to flourish.
Fans of Hornby will love this book, as will readers of David Nicholls, Mark Haddon and William Boyd.
Nick Hornby is the author of five bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down and Juliet, Naked), a novel for young adults, Slam, and four works of acclaimed non-fiction: Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree and Stuff I've Been Reading. A Long Way Down, About a Boy, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch have all been made into major films. He also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated An Education, and is currently writing screenplays for Cheryl Strayed's Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and Colm Toibin's Brooklyn.