My book review of 'Just Like You' by Nick Hornby

Just Like You

by Nick Hornby
Just Like You
by Nick Hornby

I hadn't realised how much I'd missed reading Nick Hornby!

It's been a long time since 'Fever Pitch' and 'About a Boy', and there was of course the wonderful 'State of the Union' on tv last year, but this book felt like such a treat. 

Lucy and Joseph meet across the counter in the butcher's shop. She is a teacher, separated from her alcoholic husband and is bringing up two children. He is 20 years younger, works a number of jobs in the hope of fostering a music career. Oh, and he's black and she's white.

They don't seem suited and have little in common, but their attraction grows. Can they make this a lasting relationship?

It's funny and clever. The foibles of human nature and the details of middle class life in London are sharply drawn. The characters are charming and you feel safe in their company. It's just wonderful. A delight to read. Just didn't want it to end.

Review date: August 2020
Publication date: 17th September 2020