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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340896981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896983
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,956 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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)

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ONE DAY is the multi-million copy bestselling novel that brilliantly captures the experiences of a generation.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RPM veteran on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Andrew on 19 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
On long-haul flights, some strange cocktail of altitude, silence, darkness and solitude (despite 500 fellow passengers) causes me to well-up uncontrollably at the sappiest of movies or a feel-good news item that under normal circumstances would leave me stone cold. It was in this context that I read 'One Day'. The flight time from London to Denver is 9 hours and I invested almost the whole flight in this book. As we cruised over the Atlantic, I was utterly absorbed: the timelapse structure of the narrative is effective; the characters of Em and Dex are so well drawn I felt I really got to know them; the various relationships are brilliantly observed and the dialogue witty (laugh out loud in many places much to the irritation of my immediate neighbours).

SPOILERS START HERE....Somewhere over Nova Scotia I almost cheered when they finally got it together. Then.... just as we entered US airspace, Mr Nicholls the author produced a long sharp blade and stabbed me straight through the heart. Seriously, after 7 hours in solitary with only Em and Dex to talk to, my reaction to the 'big moment' was visceral. What?????? No, you can't do that to my friend!! (I was wearing headphones so I'm not sure if I said these words out loud or not). Now an author is free to treat his characters as he or she wishes, but I have to be honest, this plot twist didn't work for me. I carried on reading, but overcome with misery I didn't really comprehend much of what was going on in the last chapters, and frankly didn't care. Other reviewers have said they felt manipulated, I just felt devastated. Would I recommend One Day? Up to a point. That point being Chapter 17. And don't - under any circumstances - read it in one hit on a long haul flight.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By baroquemaniac on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scholastica on 21 May 2011
Format: Paperback
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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