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One Day [Hardcover]

David Nicholls
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Book Description

11 Jun 2009

'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?

Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340896965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896969
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,736 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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)

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)

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)

The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have (Adele Parks)

I really loved it . . . it's absolutely wonderful . . . just so moving and engaging (Kate Mosse)

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)

You'd be hard pressed to find a sharper, sweeter romantic comedy this year than the story of Dex and Em (Independent)

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)

With its beautifully rounded, real characters and deeply poignant storytelling, this is one of the year's best novels. (Heat)

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)

Nicholls has a gimlet eye for period detail . . . A beguiling read (Observer)

[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)

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)

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

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)

Nicholls has written a warm, witty, smart and sad novel, and maybe one of the best books of the year (Sunday Tribune)

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)

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)

As a study of what we once were and what we can become, it's masterfully realised (Esquire)

Perfect for the beach or summer in the city (In Style)

An off-kilter romantic comedy with charm to spare (Harpers Bazaar)

A delicious love story (Sunday Herald)

funny and moving (Scotsman)

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)

A modern fairy tale, slickly put together. A gifted story-teller with lots of technical savvy. (Scottish Review of Books)

An edgy romantic tale (Woman & Home)

I loved this book . . . moved me profoundly (Amanda Ross)

Snort-out-loud stuff . . . it deserves to be a huge hit (thelondonpaper)

A wonderful evocation of a modern love affair (Glamour)

Lightly done, but saved from schmaltz by rueful wit and lashings of cringe-inducing nostalgia (Guardian Review)

Clever, funny and poignant (Daily Express)

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)

Fabulous . . . I couldn't put it down . . . It's brilliant (Fay Ripley)

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ONE DAY is a funny, poignant novel that brilliantly captures the experiences of a generation, from the bestselling author of STARTER FOR TEN.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, seriously, this book is great fun 5 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
After I had been ploughing through two brick-like books that had 'Literature' (with capital L) writ large all over them, this variation on the evergreen topic of 'Harry and Sally' was a most welcome relief: genuinely funny, liberal doses of acid repartee and shrewd observations, great care given to telling details and lots of fine craftsmanship spent on the staging of embarrassing encounters, disastrous reunions and relationships derailing. (I particularly liked the parlour game gone horribly wrong at the home of one of the leading man's prospective girlfriends.)

And what is more, from the very beginning there is beneath the surface charm a strong undercurrent steering proceedings away from mere lightweight banter into the more troubled waters of a true ,human comedy`. In the last chapters the author even sets about sounding depths for which the reader arguably has not been sufficiently prepared; I still wonder if these late twists add an extra layer of complexity or simply strike a false note and ultimately are Nicholls' misguided bid for being shelved with the serious authors.

The concluding pages are heavily fragrant with bitter-sweetness, again something an author introduces at his own risk; but on the other hand there is no denying that the unexpected narrative device used in these pages conveys an adeqaute impression of things coming full circle and being brought to a close.

And yes, I was moved, so no more niggling and five stars out of five.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookily accurate! 14 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
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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879 of 962 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like life, you'll like this 18 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By davidT
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed the first seven-eighths of this book as an above-average rites-of-passage yarn about graduates entering the big world, making mistakes, and then settling down. Some engaging characters, some irritating, all at times infuriating. So far, so comfortable.
Then suddenly, it was like being simultaneously hit between the eyes and in the stomach. What??? I went back and read the two previous pages again - there was no way he could mean literally what he seemed to have said. But he did, and the book was turned inside out.
I had read other reviews, when I was halfway through or less, and some compared it to The Time Traveller's Wife. I couldn't see this at the time, but having finished the book, I begin to get the point - whilst the two novels are different in plot, characters and outcome, there's the same skilful handling by the author, who has to continually keep track of what the reader knows about the characters together with what the characters know about themselves and each other.
The full story only fits together right at the end, but there's no point skipping to the last page to find out what happens - the last few pages are in fact in the nature of a prologue, though they come right at the end. Don't understand? Well, without spoiling it, I can't really be any clearer.
An incredibly assured narration, and one of the rare books (and I get through the thick end of a hundred novels a year) which stays in your mind long after you close it. Human characters, with all that that entails in frailty, inconsistency, humour and occasional toe-curling embarrassment, who are easily believable as inhabiting the same world as the rest of us. And a gut-wrenching sadness which persists, as a tribute to an author who grabs you by the scruff of the neck and leaves you feeling that you've shared their lives with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
Fantastic from start to finish. Funny, beautiful and unbelievably moving. My first David Nicholls book, I will be back for more...
Published 6 days ago by quirkmorgan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, great following Dex & Ems lives, ups and downs, hopes & dreams. I am a believer in fate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing
I did like it , indeed must have done because it was only when i got to a certain part of the book that i realised I must have read it some while ago, so yes worth a read.
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Very well written, couldn't put this book down, so sorry to have finished it !
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Great story which I found hard to put down. The ending was so sad. Looking forward to the next book.
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A lovely, lovely book, too bad it's a bit sad
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