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One Day [Kindle Edition]

David Nicholls
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Book Description

'ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic' - Daily Mirror

Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. The multi-million copy bestseller that captures the experiences of a generation.

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.'

He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.'

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.

So where will they be on this one day next year?

And the year after that? And every year that follows?

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ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic. (Daily Mirror)

Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable. (Nick Hornby)

A wonderful, wonderful book. (The Times)

I finished it last night and I'm still quite wobbly and affected by it. It was BRILLIANT. . . the jealousy nearly made me puke. I wish I'd written this book. (Marian Keyes)

I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book. (Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live)

An unputdownable romance for the 21st century. (SHE)

A genuine tear-jerker as well as laugh-out-loud funny. (Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 2009)

This perfectly executed novel is a reminder that reading can be the finest entertainment there is. (Guardian)


'It's rare to find a novel which ranges over the recent past with such authority, and even rarer to find one in which the two leading characters are drawn with such solidity, such painful fidelity, to real life that you really do put the book down with the hallucinatory feeling that they've become as well known to you as your closest friends. Hard to imagine anyone encountering characters as well drawn as this and not recognizing the extraordinary talent of the writer who has created them.' -- Jonathan Coe, Guardian Books of the Year 2009 'Incredibly moving' -- Marian Keyes, writing in the Irish Independent 'A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it.' -- Tony Parsons 20090129 'Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable ... brilliant on the details of the last couple of decades of British cultural and political life ... the perfect beach read for people who are normally repelled by the very idea of beach reads' -- Nick Hornby 20090403 'The funniest, loveliest book I've read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life: I lived every page.' -- Jenny Colgan 20081202 'The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have' -- Adele Parks 20090219 'I really loved it ... it's absolutely wonderful ... just so moving and engaging' -- Kate Mosse 20090621 'A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad ... the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's WHAT A CARVE UP! ... Nicholls's witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don't notice all the hard work that it's doing' -- The Times 20090621 'You'd be hard pressed to find a sharper, sweeter romantic comedy this year than the story of Dex and Em' -- Independent 20090621 'We may have found the novel of the year - a brilliantly funny and moving will-they, won't-they romance tracing a relationship on the same day each day for two decades' -- Heat 20090621 'With its beautifully rounded, real characters and deeply poignant storytelling, this is one of the year's best novels.' -- Heat 20090621 'With a nod to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, this funny, emotionally engaging third novel from David Nicholls traces the unlikely relationship between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew ... Told with toe-curlingly accurate insight and touching observation ... If you left college sometime in the Eighties with no clear idea of what was going to happen next, or who your lifelong friends might turn out to be, this one's a definite for your holiday suitcase. If you didn't, it still is ... The feelgood film must surely be just around the corner. I can't wait.' -- Daily Mail 20090621 'Nicholls has a gimlet eye for period detail ... A beguiling read' -- Observer 20090621 '[Nicholls] has both a very deft prose style and a great understanding of human emotion. His characterisation is utterly convincing ... ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic.' -- Daily Mirror 20090621 'A moving and feel-good read. Nicholls is an expert at capturing that essence of young adulthood, first love, heartbreak, and the tangled, complicated course of romance ... Deserves to be the must-read hit of the summer.' -- News of the World 20090621 'I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book' -- Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live 20090621 'Nicholls captures superbly the ennui of post graduation ... The writing is almost faultless, there's a great feeling for the period and it's eminently readable.' -- Herald 20090621 'Nicholls has written a warm, witty, smart and sad novel, and maybe one of the best books of the year' -- Sunday Tribune 20090621 'David Nicholls' third novel captivates love in a way that's real and unassuming ... Relaying the essence of friendship and unrequited love with fall-off-your-seat humour, this is an unputdownable romance for the 21st century' -- SHE 20090621 'You're gripped from the opening pages ... Nicholls, author of STARTER FOR TEN, writes faultless, engaging dialogue and keeps up a cracking pace. You will find this hard to put down' -- Psychologies 20090621 'As a study of what we once were and what we can become, it's masterfully realised' -- Esquire 20090621 'Perfect for the beach or summer in the city' -- In Style 20090621 'An off-kilter romantic comedy with charm to spare' -- Harpers Bazaar 20090621 'A delicious love story' -- Sunday Herald 20090621 'funny and moving' -- Scotsman 20090621 'David STARTER FOR TEN Nicholls is back with this smart comedy, packed with the mistakes, mismatches and meandering conversations that make up real life' -- Marie Claire, Book of the Month 20090621 'A modern fairy tale, slickly put together. A gifted story-teller with lots of technical savvy.' -- Scottish Review of Books 20090621 'An edgy romantic tale' -- Woman & Home 20090603 'I loved this book ... moved me profoundly' -- Amanda Ross 20090527 'Snort-out-loud stuff ... it deserves to be a huge hit' -- thelondonpaper 20090609 'A wonderful evocation of a modern love affair' -- Glamour 20090609 'Lightly done, but saved from schmaltz by rueful wit and lashings of cringe-inducing nostalgia' -- Guardian Review 20090609 'Clever, funny and poignant' -- Daily Express 20090609 'A total treat ... by turns bittersweet, funny, touching and sad, but always Nicholls's wonderfully observant and wry touch shines through. A way-we-live-now parable about relationships, disappointments, friendship and expectations; a novel utterly comfortable in its own skin' -- Kate Mosse, writing in The Times 20090609 'Fabulous ... I couldn't put it down ... It's brilliant' -- Fay Ripley 20090609

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1764 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091IO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,009 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me, and I Saw You, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for film and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.

David's bestselling first novel, STARTER FOR TEN, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both STARTER FOR TEN (released in 2006, starring James McAvoy) and THE UNDERSTUDY (not yet released).

David Nicholls' third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages. ONE DAY won the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David wrote the screenplay for Lone Scherfig's film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, which was released in 2010.

David's fourth novel, US, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily accurate! 14 Feb. 2011
If you were born between 1965 and 1975 and ever had a 'we're just good friends, honest' relationship with a fellow student - you will enjoy this. You will cringe.
I laughed out loud at many of the observations - the angst of twenty-somethings' relationships, the ritual of thirty-somethings' weddings, the horror of other people's baby-bliss. The disbelief that any of us would ever turn 40.
Loved it, loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet - and painfully close to the bone 21 May 2011
This was given to me as a Christmas present - I wouldn't have chosen it myself as, at first glance, I thought it would be nauseatingly self-congratulatory, in the way of many 'modern' novels that try to capture the essence of the times. However, this was a trap that David Nicholls managed to skirt very expertly, because I didn't find a hint of any of that painful introspection that I was so dreading. And I enjoyed reading it.

Having now read it, this story of the first twenty years of 'adulthood' of two people, Emma and Dexter, who happened to graduate the year after I did, I can understand the huge popularity of this book. Firstly, although grand in scope, it's extremely readable. Secondly, it's perceptive - we can all recognise ourselves. And finally, it's very forgiving. We are, after all, only human. It's also fun - in a very therapeutically painful way. If you're the same age as me, you'll probably understand that comment better than most.

Now, what I would like to do is to gather together some of my schoolfriends, university friends and others of that era, and maybe discuss what we remember of 1988, 1989, 1990. Was it really like that? Yes it was. How on earth did Nicholls, remember, let alone capture, the sense of emptiness of the late 1980s, of a generation who had been given 'the best' opportunities with no real idea of either how to use them or of their usefulness? It would be something of a trip down memory lane and a reflection on the choices that we made - were they any better of any worse than Emma or Dexter's, did we experience the same lack of information about what we were supposed to do with our lives?
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885 of 970 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like life, you'll like this 18 Jun. 2009
From being a celebrity in the 90's to having a boss with a large beard, nothing is shied away from in this big pot of life. This book follows every 15th July from 1988 (end of their studentship) to near present day in the lives of two characters; Emma and Dexter, and their relationship with each other and others. Don't be put off by the length (430 odd pages) of this book - it is so ridiculously easy to read it makes the act of putting on a DVD seem like overexertion. That's not to say that the writing isn't thickly layered - it's stuffed with literary calories. Emma and Dexter jump out of the book and start living with you, eat your food and argue over the top of your head about the worthlessness of Scrabble. So much of the sharp-razor sharp dialogue sticks a grin on your face, people are unlikely to sit next to you on the train (read in extra comfort).

So there's Emma: warm, funny and cataclysmically directionless. Dexter: confident, arrogant, and transparent. The book then bends these attributes into the three dimensional. Their relationship treads its own path - there's no inevitability in what the next year will bring - their interactions with others the same. Every supporting character, whether they're on one page or a hundred is given their own space to be believable and interesting, and most likely make quite a bit of a mess of things.

The book finished - I'm missing them both. Time for them to come and bother you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Starter for Ten 5 Jan. 2011
By Jackie
I loved Starter for Ten and almost rushed out to read One Day when it was first published. I was stopped by a series of negative reviews and having read the book I now understand why. The two are very different and I think fans of one will be unlikely to love the other.

One Day is essentially a romance story following a couple who have a one night stand at university. We glimpse one day of their lives each year for the next twenty years - seeing their ambitions and accomplishemts develop and change.

I loved the beginning of the book. The characters were very well developed, seemingly coming alive on the page. I found their conversations realistic and, at times, moving. Unfortunately I found that the plot lost a lot of momentum in the middle section. 100 pages of this 400+ page book could easily have been removed without loosing anything. The book regained its magic towards the end and I thought the last few chapters were especially powerful.

One Day had far less humor than Starter for Ten and I also felt the extended time period meant that it lacked the magical remisicing power and sense of place. One Day is basically a very well written piece of chick lit and so will have a much narrower group of fans than Starter for Ten. I did enjoy reading the book, but there were times when I felt the plot was contrived in order to fit everything into that one day each year.

Overall it was an entertaining read that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a well written romance, but I'd encourage you to try Starter for Ten first.
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