Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors and a fellow book addict. His fiction is highly readable, his subjects contemporary. For the most part, he writes what he knows. Anyone can relate to his characters despite being their English by nationality.
I love his essays on books equally. Two collections of his essays from The Believer magazine have been published. His insights on reading are spot on. Plus, it's nice to know that even a celebrated author has a tendency to buy more books than he can consume. Just as interesting as his thoughts on what he has read is a comparison of what he has bought in a month to what he actually reads that month and the next.
If you are a fan of contemporary fiction or the reading habits of others, I highly recommend any of Nick Hornby's books.