Funny Girl

Nick Hornby

Make them laugh and they're yours forever...It's the swinging 60s and the nation is mesmerized by Sophie Straw, a former Blackpool beauty queen turned prime-time sitcom star. Sophie is a comic genius and a bombshell to boot - she might just have it all. Behind the scenes of her smash-hit show, Sophie is falling madly in love - with comedy. Her cast and crew are eccentric, dysfunctional and utterly charming: foppish heartthrob Clive, Oxbridge-survivor Dennis, sarcastic scriptwriting duo Tony and Bill. Most importantly, every single one of her new friends is very, very funny. Together they will make TV history, find fame and fortune, and maybe even discover the secret of happiness. From the bestselling author of About a Boy comes a story about a girl. This is an exuberant, colourful snapshot of 1960s London, a city brimming with energy and optimism and possibility.

A terrifically original story, this. Barbara practically worships Lucille Ball; she has done since she first watched the American comedienne’s eponymous TV show, I Love Lucy. Inspired to her very core, Barbara decides that she, too, will be a funny girl, in a comedy world dominated by men. But is she truly as talented as her heroine?

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