A Long Way Down

by Nick Hornby | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140287027 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tiggerboing of Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on 7/22/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by tiggerboing from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 22, 2006
For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all ... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastley American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons.

Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

Passed on to me by a friend to share with bookcrossers.

Journal Entry 2 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 22, 2006
Picked up from tiggerboing, I am going to offer this as a bookray.

Journal Entry 3 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 24, 2006
I hope you all enjoy the book!




The participants so far but the order may change:
lauraloo29 (Can pref USA)
missprisy (USA anywhere)
sarahbear (AUS anywhere)
Frangipani04 (Eur pref Eur)
LindyLouMac (Eur pref Eur)
bigcurlyloz (UK pref UK)


This is how it works:
You will be sending the book to the person who appears after you in the list, so you need to PM them to get their address.
It's not a race, so just read it in your own time but remember that other people are waiting to read it too.
Please journal the book once you have received it (so we all know where it currently is) and again when you have read it (so we know what you thought of it!)
If you're the last person on the list you can pass it on anyway you like.

Journal Entry 4 by purplerosebud from Petersfield, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 29, 2006
Sent off to lauraloo29 today so should be there in a few days.

Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Arrived today. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with rings at the moment. But I'll keep them all moving. :) Thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by winglauraloo29wing from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, August 25, 2006
This was the second book by this author that I've read. I certainly liked it better than the 1st, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it. It had its funny human moments. I did find myself getting bored by the end.

This will be on its way on Monday. Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 7 by missprisy from Edmond, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Caught today. I can start it right away.

Journal Entry 8 by missprisy from Edmond, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, September 10, 2006
I can't get into this book. I've been reading it in my spare time and find myself bored. I have sarahbear's mailing address and will get it in the mail this week.

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Journal Entry 10 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Monday, September 25, 2006
Arrived safely and soundly in Tasmania, Australia today.

Journal Entry 11 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, October 14, 2006
This book was ok. I skimmed it a fair bit but all in all it was ok.

Posting on to Frangipani04 as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 12 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Posting by surface mail to Portugal tomorrow.

Journal Entry 13 by Frangipani04 on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
It's now on the other side of the world. I'll read it soon! Thank you for sending it, sarahbear!

Journal Entry 14 by Frangipani04 on Sunday, November 19, 2006
I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I did "How to be good". But it was nice reading it, nevertheless.

It will go to LindyLouMac tomorrow. Thans for sharing it, purplerosebud.

Journal Entry 15 by LindyLouMac from Tywyn, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Arrived safely today with thanks to Frangipani04 for sending on to me and to purplerosebud for letting me join the Bookring. I am going to keep this title longer than I normally do as I do not intend to send it on until sometime in January. There seems no point in risking books getting lost in the chaos of seasonal mail. It will be safer here with me!
Update 20.12.06 As this book is spending the holidays with us, I have not read it yet, but my husband has! He was not very impressed, finding it rather boring. I wonder what I will think of it? Just taken another look at the amazon reviews, mainly threestar with widely varying opinions.
Synopsis:Amazon.co.uk
'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all. But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea, but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later, and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?

Update: 20/01/07: Apologies but circumstances in my life have kept me from reading and computing recently so I still have not read this. I am going to do so within the next few days and then send it on. I have already contacted the next reader for an address.

Update: 23/01/07: I am glad that I read this as it improved the more I got into it. Nick Hornby's very clever style of writing the story took me awhile to get used to. What an odd group Maureen, Martin, Jess and JJ made! Surprisingly this is the only title of this author that I have read, but I am certainly interested in reading other novels by him.
Still no response from bigcurlyloz to whom I have sent a couple of pms. In case they are not reaching her I will do an ISO on the forum as well.
Update:27/01/07 Having changed jobs bigcurlyloz was going to give this a miss, due to lack of reading time. However purplerosebud has decided that it can become a ray and need not return home! So now waiting for address after all!


Released 12 yrs ago (2/1/2007 UTC) at by mail in to the next participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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En route to bigcurlyloz in the UK

Journal Entry 17 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 03, 2007
This arrived yesterday - thanks LindyLouMac, and PRB for letting me keep this for however long it takes me to read it. :-)

Journal Entry 18 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 07, 2007
I don't mind Nick Hornby, his other books are ok, and this one was above average. It's very easy to skim read, a habit I find myself in when things aren't written in a way I want to savour on need to concentrate on. However, I liked the premise and "The Group" were an interesting set of characters. I'm glad I read it - thanks for letting me keep hold of it until I had the time purplerosebud.

This is now reserved to RABCK to someone at the UK UnConvention!

Journal Entry 19 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 14, 2008
I lent this to my dad, and we both agreed it wasn't amazing, however, its now ready to travel onwards.

Journal Entry 20 by bigcurlyloz at Coate Water in Swindon, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (8/24/2008 UTC) at Coate Water in Swindon, Wiltshire United Kingdom

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Taking to the BookCrossing BBQ at Coate Water today.

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