Film: ‘An Education’ (full movie)

CPE 2014 Set Books

This book is an optional set text for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Exam 2014 Writing Paper, it can be read in preparation for the two optional set text tasks.

You may choose to prepare for questions on this set text by studying the film directed by Lone Scherfig (2009) as well as, or instead of, the screenplay.

An “Education” is Nick Hornby’s Oscar-nominated screenplay of Lynn Barber’s life. Based on Lynn Barber’s extraordinary memoir, “An Education” is set in the early 1960s and tells the story of a sixteen-year-old English girl’s encounter and relationship with a charming older man who is much more, and much less, than he says he is. Taking this strange story as his starting point, Nick Hornby has scripted an Oscar-nominated film, starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgraad, which is funny and shocking in equal measure – and which brilliantly captures a Britain emerging from the sleepy 50s and on the brink of a glittering new decade. Fans of British writing and cinema alike, from “Brighton Rock” to “Atonement” will enjoy this mesmerizing book.

Nick Hornby has captivated readers and achieved widespread critical acclaim for his comic, well-observed novels “About a Boy”, “How to be Good”, “A Long Way Down”, “Juliet”, “Naked”, “Slam” and “High Fidelity”. His three works of non-fiction, “31 Songs” (shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award), “Fever Pitch” (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award) and “The Complete Polysyllabic Spree” are also available from Penguin.