More Baths Less Talking

More Baths Less Talking

Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself

By Nick Hornby

McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781938073052, 135pp.

Publication Date: August 2012


Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,” Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read.

Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intensely fought soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby’s reviews are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life, and will appeal equally to both monocle-wearing salonnieres and people, like him, who spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’s next role.

About the Author
Chantre de la pop culture, "Nick Hornby" est devenu un auteur culte a travers le monde avec ses romans: "Haute fidelite", "A propos d un gamin", "La Bonte: mode d emploi", "Vous descendez ?, Slam et Juliet", "Naked". Il a egalement ecrit des ouvrages de non-fiction dont "Carton jaune et 31 Songs". Maintes fois adapte a l ecran, il est tout naturel que Nick Hornby ecrive desormais pour le cinema. Il a notamment signe les scenarios "d Une education", "Wild" (adapte du recit de Cheryl Strayed) et de "Brooklyn" (roman de Colm Toibin). "Nick Hornby" vit et travaille a Highbury, au nord de Londres.

Praise For More Baths Less Talking

"Hornby is a champion of the book, of reading, of the pleasure of a smart literary experience. He has a quality desperately needed in these times: intelligent enthusiasm."
The New Republic

"A witty and illuminating blueprint to the habits and how-to’s of reading good books well."
Brain Pickings

"[Nick Hornby] has a knack for creating appealingly irresolute characters and is a genial guy with excellent taste and a smart, irreverent sense of humor."
Boston Globe

"...this book is much more than funny. He understands writers and what they are trying to do. This book crackles with insight."Star Tribune

"A wonderfully eclectic to-read list, Hornby reminds everyone how important it is to revel in the written word."Publishers Weekly

"Hornby is an entertainingly unpretentious critic; any reader would come away with a handful of book recommendations they’d be eager to check out."Kirkus