- 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'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.
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)
ONE DAY is the multi-million copy bestselling novel that brilliantly captures the experiences of a generation.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Superb storytelling technique, with believable characters and a sad twist in the tail.Published 2 days ago by Inarticulate
Good, well-written and at times hilarious! Describes the characters and their relationships beautifully!Published 7 days ago by terryophonic
This is the second time I have read this book, having first read it some time ago. The book is fascinating and down to earth. Read morePublished 7 days ago by TAH
My daughter Liked reading David Nicholls book One Day. I bought this from amazon for a present for my daughter.Published 9 days ago by ireadnovels
A good read and I really enjoyed it but I felt the ending was poor.Published 9 days ago by Sarah Livingston