Originally posted by TeeSeeJay
Try Douglas Coupland
I've heard that, also and found a page
or two that might be of interest in that regard.
Elsewhere, for "Fever Pitch" fans, I read that Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs" is another worthwhile football book.
In a web-chat Hornby himself wrote concerning his influences and likes:
[Anne Tyler has been mentioned....].... the people who made me want to write were Tyler, Lorrie Moore and Roddy Doyle: simplicity, humour, soul. And there's another American writer called David Gates, who's written two fantastic novels, Jernigan and Preston Falls. I can't believe that anyone who wants to write wouldn't get something out of his stuff. If anyone wanted to know what was meant by 'voice', I'd point them in Gates' direction.
I used to review books for a living, but I think I've only written one or two in the last five years. The last one I did was of Charles Webb's lovely 'New Cardiff'. Webb wrote 'The Graduate', and has been off the scene for a couple of decades; he writes with this lovely, spare style. A lot of the people I really like were in Speaking With The Angel, which is why I wanted them in - Zadie Smith's book is great, as is Dave Eggers'. I'm just finishing a fantastic novel called 'The Feast of Love', by Charles Baxter. Don't know anything about him, but the book is terrific - great one-liners, fantastic characters.
Certainly in the UK, following on from Hornby's "lad's" fiction came Chick Lit
; most famously I think "Bridget Jones' Diary". It may not be your thing
but here is a mixed list I found somewhere that tellingly includes Hornby
's "About a Boy" and John O'Farrell's "The Best a Man Can Get":
Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Cupid and Diana by Christina Bartolomew
Girls Poker Night by Jill Davis
Bookends by Jane Green
About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Thirtynothing: A Novel by Lisa Jewell
Angels by Marian Keyes
Do Try to Speak as We Do: The Diary of an American Au Pair by Marjorie Leet Ford
April Rising: A Novel by Corene Lemaitre
Never Mind, Nirvana by Mark Lindquist
Spin Cycle by Sue Margolis
Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend by Lynda Markham
It's My F....ing Birthday by Merrill Markoe
The Best a Man Can Get by John O'Farrell
Jackie by Josie by Caroline Preston
Her by Laura Zigman
Perhaps there is something
of interest to be found above!