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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,329 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susi Schw. on 7 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I adored this book. It's funny and smart and so utterly heartbreaking.

Nicholls is brilliant at making characters come to life: we see them walk and hear them talk, smell their perfume and shaving cream, feel their needs, wants, their sorrow. We want to hug them, shout at them, sometimes even knock them over their heads. We KNOW them, would recognize them in a crowd. The authenticity blew me away.

I loved the dialogue. I was a happy fly on the wall listening in on all the characters' great conversations. The dialogue is head-on, not just the witticisms of the main characters, Dexter and Emma, but the smaller characters, from Dexter's tired, beautiful mother to Emma's sad sack boyfriend, Ian, the principal in Emma's school, Dexter's bubbly girlfriend Suki -- they all came to life in dialogue.

Nicholls did a great job, too, at allowing us to see and understand how we can start out one way, but end up a whole other person once life gets a hold of us. Tracing the lives of Dexter and Emma on one day in July, for twenty years, was a clever choice. In any case, it was a pleasure watching Emma and Dexter grow and mature.

This is a must read for everyone who enjoys intelligent entertainment, who likes a great love story, and who is delighted by real characters in real situations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Galaxy_Blue on 27 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really can't understand the hype that surrounds this novel, and I definitely won't be rushing ou to buy the DVD!

Okay, firstly, its redeeming features:
- An original and thought-provoking concept; the progression of two people's lives (and their relationship with one-another) over the course of 20-odd years, but all written on the same day of each year.
- I enjoyed Nicholls' writing style; his (sometimes bizarre) metaphors and similies, and writing Emma as a sharp and witty character. I enjoyed her one-liners (usually a sarcastic response to Dexter's inane, self absorbed twitterings).
- In contrast to many other reviews, I actually enjoyed the last chapter. I thought it was poignant and bittersweet, and managed to draw the novel into a neat full circle.
- I found the first quarter of the novel compelling and relatable... maybe because of my current position (a recent graduate looking for a meaningful job and purpose... unsuccessfully!) I thought Nicholls captured these years of their lives well, and I both emphathised and connected well with the characters at this point.


- I really didn't like Dexter. As a female reader, was I supposed to fancy him, or at least find him enigmatic? I just could not summon the energy to care about him; I thought he was completely vapid, one dimensional and selfish, and about half way through I became incredibly bored when the writing centered on his perspective. I think the issues he had with drugs and alcohol just made him look even more pathetic and inane, and I eventually grew to resent Emma for putting up with him consistently for 20-odd years. Why would she even do that to herself?
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886 of 971 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gracie on 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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13 of 14 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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