30 Facts About Nick Hornby


Nicholas Peter John Hornby was born on 17 April 1957 and is an English writer and lyricist.


Nick Hornby is best known for his memoir Fever Pitch and novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, all of which were adapted into feature films.


Nick Hornby's books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide as of 2018.


Nick Hornby has received two Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nominations for An Education, and Brooklyn.


Nick Hornby was born in Redhill, Surrey, the son of Sir Derek Nick Hornby, the chairman of London and Continental Railways, and Margaret Audrey Withers.


Nick Hornby published his first book in 1992, a collection of essays about American writers such as Tobias Wolff and Ann Beattie, titled Contemporary American Fiction.


Nick Hornby's second book, Fever Pitch, published in 1992, is an autobiographical story detailing his fanatical support for Arsenal Football Club.


Nick Hornby was editor of the book, which contained twelve short stories written by his friends.


Nick Hornby contributed to the collection with the story "NippleJesus".


In 2003, Nick Hornby wrote a collection of essays on selected popular songs and the emotional resonance they carry, called 31 Songs.


Also in 2003, Nick Hornby was awarded the London Award 2003, an award that was selected by fellow writers.


Nick Hornby has written essays on various aspects of popular culture and, in particular, he has become known for his writing on pop music and mix tape enthusiasts.


Nick Hornby has edited two sports-related anthologies: My Favourite Year and The Picador Book of Sports Writing.


Nick Hornby's following novel, titled Juliet, Naked, was published in September 2009.


In 2010, Nick Hornby co-founded the Ministry of Stories, a non-profit organisation in East London dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.


Nick Hornby discussed his bouts of depression in 2012 on the BBC Radio 4 broadcast of "Fever Pitched: Twenty Years On".


Nick Hornby has developed a career as a screenwriter, and has said that he enjoys the challenge of working in film as opposed to writing novels.


In 2009, Nick Hornby adapted an autobiographical memoir by the journalist Lynn Barber for the screen as An Education, a feature film starring Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan.


Nick Hornby was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and for two BAFTAs.


In 2014, Nick Hornby adapted another autobiographical memoir, Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.


Nick Hornby was nominated for his second Oscar for writing the screenplay and received two BAFTA nominations, winning one.


In 2016, Nick Hornby adapted Nina Stibbe's book Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life into a television series.


Several of Nick Hornby's books have made the jump from page to screen.


Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay for the first, a 1997 British adaptation of Fever Pitch, starring Colin Firth.


Nick Hornby has even toured in the United States and Europe with the band, joining them on stage to read his essays about particular moments and performers in his own musical history that have had a particular meaning for him.


In 2022, Nick Hornby released the book Dickens and Prince, where he makes connections between the musician Prince and author Charles Dickens.


Nick Hornby and his first wife have one son, born in 1993, who is autistic.


Nick Hornby was directly involved in the creation of the charity Ambitious about Autism, then known as TreeHouse Trust, and its school TreeHouse School, as a result of trying to find specialist education for his son Danny.


Nick Hornby remains a major donor to the charity and is still involved as a vice-president.


In 2010, Nick Hornby co-founded Ministry of Stories, a writing charity based in Hoxton, east London.