How to Be Good

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How to Be Good
Howtobegoodcover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Nick Hornby
Country England
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
31 May 2001
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback) & Audio CD
Pages 256 pp
ISBN 0-670-88823-0
OCLC 46393465
Preceded by About a Boy
Followed by A Long Way Down

How to Be Good is a 2001 novel by the English writer Nick Hornby. It centers on characters Katie Carr, a doctor, and her husband, David Grant. The story begins when David stops being "The Angriest Man In Holloway" and begins to be "good" with the help of his spiritual healer, DJ GoodNews (who also shows up briefly in Hornby's A Long Way Down). The pair go about this by nominally convincing people to give their spare bedrooms to the homeless, but as their next scheme comes around, "reversal" (being good to people one has been not good to in the past), this proves to be fruitless and thus David gives up his strivings and his plans for a book on how to be good, appropriately named "How to be Good."

The protagonist, Katie, briefly encounters a minor character named Dick whose description and attitude towards music are reminiscent of the character of the same name from Hornby's second novel, High Fidelity.