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Penguin collaborated with us for our inaugural Big Read in 2015 in producing a special edition of our chosen title About a Boy by Nick Hornby. An initial print run of 10,000 copies were ordered but with increasing demand for copies of the title, we went on to re-order a further 3,000 copies. This very special edition had the Kingston University Big Read logo on the front and included a letter from Kingston University's Vice Chancellor, as well as a selection of discussion questions at the back of the book. A digital edition was also made available for those who may find reading print difficult.
The coming-of-age novel, first published in 1998 and set in 1993, tells the story of 12-year-old misfit Marcus and 36-year-old serial bachelor Will, exploring themes of growing up and learning about the adult world, as well as issues around depression, bullying and divorce.
Nick is an English writer, essayist, screenwriter and lyricist born in 1957 in Surrey, England. His best-known books are the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About A Boy, A Long Way Down and Fever Pitch; which have all been made into successful, and much-loved films.