Funny Girl by Nick Hornby is a 452-page hardcover published in 2014 by Riverhead Books. The condition is very good.
Though she's crowned Miss Blackpool in 1964, Barbara Parker doesn't want to be a beauty queen. She wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. After returning the glittering crown, Barbara leaves her family behind in north England and sets off for London, where she works behind a cosmetics counter when she's not running off to casting calls. A chance meeting with an agent results in a new name--Sophie Straw--and an audition for a new BBC comedy series that becomes wildly popular. Overnight, it seems, Sophie goes from provincial ingenue to comedy starlet.
Funny Girl tells the story of a young woman as she makes the leap from Blackpool beauty queen to darling of television, and the people responsible for her stardom. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a group of people who are funny, if flawed, and illuminates their deep connections, complicated relationships, and wise humanity.