The author of this book is an English novelist and essayist. Nick Hornby was born on 17 April 1957. When Hornby writes, he frequently touches upon, often men’s, everyday themes and obsessive behaviors, related to his own interests; sports and music.
Nick Hornby writes in a set of humoristic and entertaining but somewhat serious style, and his works often contain hidden depths. As seen in About a Boy, Fever Pitch, and High Fidelity, the books of Mr. Hornby have a distinctive character that is perfectly suited on a cinema canvas.
“About a Boy” which is the title of the book was published in 1998. The title itself could be inspired by the Nirvana song, “About a Girl”. This assumed because the author often refers to the band in the book.
Will on the other hand is an incorrigible, thirty-six-year-old teenager. He cuts his hair right, wears the right clothes, listen to the right music, read the right magazines, and goes to the right club.
He is rich, single, and childless (even though he once in a while invents a son to get his chance with a woman he’s interested in). Will is the bachelor of the story.
He’s, from his own view, a trendy and cool bachelor, and does neither do anything else than walk around in the streets of London being nothing else than trendy and cool.
Living his life on his own, he’s trying to avoid commitments that could interrupt his everyday living. Will is longing for women constantly and actually lies quite a few times to get what and who he wants.
He’s economically independent because he’s living off the royalties after his father, who wrote “Santa’s Super Sleigh” which became a giant Christmas hit all over the World. Will is a cynical and untrustworthy man, afraid of the surrounding world.