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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 (2,145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855 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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Format: Paperback
Where to start with this novel...I was drawn to the whole 20 years, two people idea. I thought the whole idea of that was to show a relationship grow over the 20 years together, facing the usual battles. I was slightly pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the case. Initially I enjoyed meeting the characters, the almost sarcasm of the humour between the two leads but as the novel went on it lost it't novelty on me ( and as someone who loves comedy it does not often happen). As mentioned by previous reviewers the self-obsessed nature of the characters becomes tedious and by the middle of the novel made me almost skim-read the pages hoping for something fresh to come quicker. After wading through the last say 10ish chapters depressingly toned storyline I was made even more angry by what I feel is an 'author's cop-out' (which people who have read the book will know what I am referring to). The following chapters seemed rushed and almost distant from the previous story just read. I therefore found the ending dissapointing to an initially enjoyable read. I'm not meaning to write a negative review or in no way put down the writer's creditability as I do think his writing style is both easily read and relatable but for me I just wanted there to be a bit more 'oomph'.
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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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Format: Hardcover
This book was great! I've never been one to review (up to now) but would like to pass on my recommendation. I don't read a lot as I struggle to find the time, so if I do commit my time I am fearful of choosing a dud. However this was my pick for my holiday read and I was delighted with my choice. The writing is interesting and caused me to laugh out loud too many times to count. However there are many facets to this story apart from the humour. The unusual structure is not complicated but does add to the reading experience. The more I read, the more difficult I found it to put down. Buy and enjoy!
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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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I've never been moved to write a review of any book before but this was simply wonderful. David Nicholls has managed to conjure characters so full of depth that in finishing the book I felt almost bereft at their parting. Unlike a paint-by-numbers romcom brimming with contrivances to keep the characters apart, the tale moves with grace and humour through subtle and unexpected turns. The characters aren't always "made for each other", they're not always perfectly perky with adorable quirks; occasionally, like us all, they can be unpleasant, foolish, embarrassing and cowardly.

It is perhaps because of, rather than in spite of, the characters' genuine flaws that this books pulls so strongly at your heart, ringing so true as we explore the effects of our action and inaction in life. With effortlessly beautiful dialogue, and the ability to pick out the tiny subtleties of life, the story will carry you through on a wave of emotion, nostalgia, regret and hope so strong as to feel like a personal memory.

The "same day each year" idea sounds like high concept but its effect in the book is almost transparent to the reader. In fact, closer inspection shows that it actually works wonderfully to drive the story through a clever mix of drama and the everyday - just like life. On the years when the day itself is unremarkable the discovery of what has happened in between provides the reader with rich rewards whilst, all the while, Nicholls draws warmth and humour from the minutiae of life.

As the book draws to a conclusion, the story has an elegant and wondrous subtlety that prompts the involuntarily butterflies-in-stomach feelings of hope, excitement, fear and optimism that one only gets from falling in love.
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