For the last few years Nick Hornby has vied with Martin Amis for the unofficial title of Most Influential Novelist in Britain. That Hornby seems to be winning says a lot for the general mental health of the British reading public. His infusion of pop culture into mainstream British letters has been a refreshing shot in the arm to a literary establishment fixated on artistic and political issues—class struggle, tradition versus postmodernism, etc.—that should have been blown out the garret window... More >>>