Nick Hornby is one of those writers, into whose books you get stuck, once you've started reading them. You can't do anything else until you've finished them. Wherever you go, you take the book along, so you can stuck your nose into it, every free second. His stories are, as Hugh Grant says, mostly about "male, bachelor, single London life". Hornby is a person with a fine sense of humour, and his books contain a mixture of both, cynicism and hope about the people's desperate-looking situations.