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Nick Hornby discusses adapting Brooklyn and why he'd love to work with director John Crowley again

The acclaimed author and screenwriter digs into his latest work in a new video interview

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Kerry Brown

Should 21-year old Saoirse Ronan nab an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1950s-set immigrant tale Brooklyn, it will mark the third time that author Nick Hornby has written an Oscar nominated part for a woman. (His other two belong to Carey Mulligan in An Education and Reese Witherspoon in Wild.)

Not bad for a guy who spent the first half of his career writing novels — and screenplays — for men that obsessed on his obsessions: English football and music. (ie. Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy)

But Hornby has evolved, so much so that he turned to Colm Tóibín’s romantic novel about love, life, and finding your place in the world as the project he would spend five years adapting. The film has met with rave reviews. (Going into Friday’s limited release, the PG-13 rated drama has a 99 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). 

Take a look at the clip above as Hornby outlines how he breaks down a novel and explores the process of working with director John Crowley.