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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034089699X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896990
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,805 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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Even better than One Day. (The Times)

I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon. (Mail on Sunday)

I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After. (Jojo Moyes)

A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more. (Christina Patterson The Sunday Times)

The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. (Good Housekeeping)

US is a perfect book. (Independent)

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The Man Booker Prize-longlisted follow-up to the multimillion-copy bestselling ONE DAY.

Jojo Moyes says, 'I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.'


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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Laura smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so very excited to begin reading David Nicholls follow up to his acclaimed novel One Day, and so delved into Us having read nothing but glowing reviews and having experienced the joy of the authors other works.

The story of this book is really quite a clever, if not uncommon one. Married couple Douglas and Connie are getting ready to wave their son, Albie, off to university after his summer holidays. One night Connie wakes Douglas up and announces that once Albie has gone she is thinking about leaving him. She will still be accompanying him and Albie on their “grand tour” of Europe that summer but after that will most likely be leaving.

Hurt and confused Douglas decides to try his best to spend the summer winning over his wife and trying to build bridges with his teenage son, who seems to have little time for his father.

The book is written entirely from Douglas’ perspective and we are allowed glimpses back through he and Connie’s relationship from their meeting to their marriage and subsequent parenthood. It is immediately apparent that they are very much in the “opposites attract” camp as Douglas is a biochemist and his wife an artist. We also learn Albie is very much his mother’s son with an artistic temperament and a desire to study photography.

Douglas is quite a sensible, staid and conventional man, he subscribes to traditional parenting discipline techniques and has high academic expectations of his son, this has led to years of disagreements with his son and wife and his feeling left out.

I found myself sympathising with Douglas, I actually found him the most likeable character in the book.
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128 of 137 people found the following review helpful By chris wilding on 14 Oct. 2014
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I don't often write reviews of books or products, but this book deserved it.
After hearing David Nicholls talk about the book recently on Simon Mayo's radio 2 book club I decided to give it a try, not having read any of his other books or seen the film versions (I also seem to have avoided the tv work he has done!!)
I wil say at the start that I sit comfortably on the "Douglas" side of the personality traits, being a practical, "sciency" sort of chap. I also find myself sympathising with some of Douglas' predicaments (the quiz for example - what is the point if people are going to cheat or mark incorrectly?).
I usually tend to read thrillers, mysteries, whodunnit etc, so this was a departure from the norm, but I have to say, I absolutely loved it. I frequently found myself wondering why Connie and Albie couldn't fathom out Douglas' intentions or reasoning.
I read the book on a recent overseas business trip and the people on the plane must have thought I was mad as I went from laughing out loud to tearful in the space of mere paragraphs, and the way that the book was written meant I could never find suitable points to put down or go to sleep (the chapters are short so I'll be ok to just read another one. Or maybe two...)
Read it. Laugh, cry, enjoy, sympathise, dislike etc depending on your particular personality type. Is it a bit stereotypical? Probably. Is it any the worse for that? No, not at all.
One review I saw said it was too long - nonsense - I could have carried on forever with this book. At least there are 3 more of his novels I've not yet read, so fortunately I have a holiday coming up. Right, where is the download button?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 15 Feb. 2015
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A vaguely interesting account of marriage after 25 years. Slow and detailed in its descriptions cleverly reflected Douglas' personality but was too wordy and laborious. Instead of being lost in his descriptions of cities and art I became frustrated and skimmed to any plot development.
I did feel a sympathy for Douglas. I was desperate for him to realise his wife was as much to blame for their unhappy marriage. But it made for a boring read that I wanted over quickly.
Perhaps it would have been more gripping to have been retold from a teenager or wife point of view and the break in convention was an excellent idea but as a narrative it needed less of the art history lessons and guide book regurgitation and more pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Linfoot on 16 Jun. 2015
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Well crafted, well observed. As a refugee of a failed long-haul marriage, and as a long-time parent to teenagers, I reckon Nicholls pretty much nails it here on both counts. Unlike some reviewers I found it easy to empathise with the characters, despite their shortcomings, possibly because the characters were honest and open. Douglas gave me many laugh out loud moments, and the book crystalised an optimism for second time around relationships I hadn't perviously felt. The benefit of hindsight, self knowledge, and gratefulness levels that are absent with the first attempts are clearly illuminated here, whilst Nicholls still clearly believes that randomness pays a big part in meetings and couplings. An interesting and absorbing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Weshty on 19 Aug. 2015
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With their only chick (surly dilettant Algie) ready to leave the nest, Connie wants to separate from her husband Douglas as she considers that their marriage has gone stale. She asks him to organise one last family holiday with the child, a grand tour of Europe’s culture, to see if this will re-cement their bond. Naturally enough, it does NOT go to plan.

The novel, written from Douglas’s perspective, uses the literary device of flitting back and forth from the holiday to their past and how they met. This is very well done and engaging, as it’s a device I have found less accomplished in other books. It is very, very funny, with some truly excellent observations on modern life. Examples include how feaked out Douglas is when the landline rings and admonishes the son for not ringing on the mobile. “I thought someone had died, no-one uses a landline!”, or commenting on how in the pre-internet ere, organising a holiday required PhD levels of research, oh so true, how did we do it?? Also the more chilling fear Douglas has about the future of employment, clearly a nice piece of research by the author.

Douglas is a Doctor of Biology, very much a caring modern father, and Connie a more flaky bohemian artist. The imbalance in the relationship is clear as even after 30 years, he remains totally infatuated with her, and willing to be educated in the way of the artist but she doesn’t really care about his work. He comes across a very decent skin though it is clear his mid career promotion made for some tired and cranky years.

It really is a joy of a read, with no pat solutions and some utterly heart rending instances revealed. Douglas despairs of the fact that despite his best attempts to bond, his son only loves his mother. He is also quite the nerd, cue the lego incident and the table quiz. Oh.Dear.God.

Superb.
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