"I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring..."
For many people watching football is mere entertainment; to some it's more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself. For Nick Hornby, his devotion to the game has provided one of the few constants in a life where the meaningful things - like growing up, leaving home and forming relationships, both parental and romantic - have rarely been as simple or as uncomplicated as his love for Arsenal.
Brimming with wit and honesty. Fever Pitch catches perfectly what it really means to be a football fan - and in doing so, what it means to be a man.
Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of four novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good and A Long Way Down; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and The Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He has also edited two anthologies, My Favourite Year and Speaking with the Angel. In 1999 he was awarded the E.M.Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2002 he won the W.H.Smith Award for Fiction, and in 2003 he was honoured with the Writers' Writer Award at the Orange Word International Writers Festival. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, North London.
现年四十九岁的他，毕业於剑桥大学，成长并居住於北伦敦，曾经是教师与记者，他的作家生涯从电视剧本开始，后来因为觉得「散文写太烂，干脆写对白试试看」而写了小说，话虽如此，他第一本畅销书《足球热》(Fever Pitch)却意外的成为当年最叫好叫座的散文辑，获得「威廉希尔年度运动好书」(William Hill Sporting Book of The Year)。
一九九五年的《失恋排行榜》(High Fidelity)，一九九八年的《非关男孩》(About A Boy)更让他成为英国最受欢迎的小说家。紧接著是极为成功的小说家人生，数部作品改拍成好莱坞电影。你手上的《三十一首歌》在二○○二年跨越大西洋，入围了「美国国家图书奖」(National Book Critics Circle Award)。
宏比的最爱除了写作阅读，就是兵工厂足球队与流行音乐。最近的作品是专栏结集《The Complete Polysyllabic Spree》，内容是宏比所喜爱的各种读物与文章，以及相关。