Funny Girl – Nick Hornby

Winning the Miss Blackpool competition is not enough for Barbara Parker, who dreams of fame and holds Lucille Ball as an idol; she navigates her innocent life from her hometown to London, in search of stardom. As she meets and charms a host of diverse characters, they share their goals, fight over conflicting feelings, and together, create a TV series.

Funny Girl is an insightful account of the lives of a delightful bunch. In their personal lives, jealousies, secret longings and uncertainties, their endearing and flawed qualities are revealed. Historical facts and photographs firmly establish the novel in 1960’s London. Through real-life politicians and events, advertisements and a cartoon strip, Hornby recreates an era.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Life was never easy for Harry Potter and living in his shadow is not any different. The staring and pointing, the  rumours and legacy, make Hogwarts tiresome and unenjoyable for Albus.

While Harry contends with working life in London, at the Ministry of Magic, his youngest and most puzzling child encounters forces of darkness and ominous futures. In a time-twisting plot, tensions and knotty ramifications are the result of meddling journeys through time.

Based on an original story by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. The script conjures together a balance between discernible Pottery and a new glimpse into a tenuous past. Thorne adds a deep level of maturity to the wizarding world, capturing teenage insecurities and family bonds; the story of his script is less about rewriting what has transpired and more about how events shaped the future.

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

After breaking up with Laura, Rob’s most recent ex, he asks himself the big questions about love and life. He also makes top-five lists about them, from his most memorable split-ups to Dustin Hoffman films and records made by blind musicians. Now, he is free to spend his time reorganising his record collection, arguing with Dick and Barry at the shop and daydreaming about recording artistes who look like Susan Dey. Soon, he reaches his own conclusions about love and marriage and it becomes clear where he’s been going wrong.

High Fidelity is upbeat and observant, it is an account of male self-pity and forgiveness from an instantly recognisable character. It is a charming story about people, full of reflections and brilliant glimpses into the male psyche.