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It's rare to find a novel which ranges over the recent past with such authority, and even rarer to find one in which the two leading characters are drawn with such solidity, such painful fidelity, to real life that you really do put the book down with the hallucinatory feeling that they've become as well known to you as your closest friends. Hard to imagine anyone encountering characters as well drawn as this and not recognizing the extraordinary talent of the writer who has created them. (Jonathan Coe Guardian Books of the Year)

I finished it last night and I'm still quite wobbly and affected by it. It was BRILLIANT. . . the jealously nearly made me puke. I wish I'd written this book (Marian Keyes)

The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have (Adele Parks)

Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable . . . brilliant on the details of the last couple of decades of British cultural and political life (Nick Hornby)

The novel of the year - a brilliantly funny and moving will-they, won't-they romance tracing a relationship on the same day each day for two decades (Heat)

It is a cleverly and astutely constructed book - but that is worthy of a mere footnote compared with its emotional impact. I am not ashamed to say that upon finishing it I pressed it to my chest as a big fat tear splashed onto its upturned spine (The Times Book Club)

You'd be hard pressed to find a sharper, sweeter romantic comedy this year than the story of Dex and Em (Independent)

Nicholls' book is the sort of thing you can't put down, and I read it over a weekend, creeping upstairs to gulp down another chapter when I should have been downstairs preparing dinner of helping with homework (Dylan Jones)

I felt that I had been emotionally taken apart by the very best. This perfectly executed novel is a reminder that reading can be the finest entertainment there is (Guardian)

If you measure your love for a book by the number of times you buy it for people, then my favourite is ONE DAY by David Nicholls. I read it about a year ago and must have bought it for at least 20 people since (The Times Book Club)

We could fill a page with descriptive proclamations of its brilliance, but we'll stick with intoxicating, engrossing and verging on genius. If this has never graced your bedside table, then go directly to the nearest bookshop, purchase one copy and start 2010 with a read that has taken the literary world by storm (Daily Record)

It made me laugh and sob, and the characters just walk off the page into your head, where they remain. How I wish I'd written it, as does every novelist I know (Polly Williams)

A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it. (Tony Parsons)

A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad . . . the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's WHAT A CARVE UP! . . . Nicholls's witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don't notice all the hard work that it's doing (The Times)

The funniest, loveliest book I've read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life: I lived every page. (Jenny Colgan)

I really loved it . . . it's absolutely wonderful . . . just so moving and engaging (Kate Mosse)

With its beautifully rounded, real characters and deeply poignant storytelling, this is one of the year's best novels. (Heat)

With a nod to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, this funny, emotionally engaging third novel from David Nicholls traces the unlikely relationship between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew . . . Told with toe-curlingly accurate insight and touching observation . . . If you left college sometime in the Eighties with no clear idea of what was going to happen next, or who your lifelong friends might turn out to be, this one's a definite for your holiday suitcase. If you didn't, it still is . . . The feelgood film must surely be just around the corner. I can't wait. (Daily Mail)

Page by page, the funniest book of the year (Uncut)

[Nicholls] has both a very deft prose style and a great understanding of human emotion. His characterisation is utterly convincing . . . ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic. (Daily Mirror)

A moving and feel-good read. Nicholls is an expert at capturing that essence of young adulthood, first love, heartbreak, and the tangled, complicated course of romance . . . Deserves to be the must-read hit of the summer. (News of the World)

I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book (Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live)

Nicholls captures superbly the ennui of post graduation . . . The writing is almost faultless, there's a great feeling for the period and it's eminently readable. (Herald)

David Nicholls' third novel captivates love in a way that's real and unassuming . . . Relaying the essence of friendship and unrequited love with fall-off-your-seat humour, this is an unputdownable romance for the 21st century (SHE)

You're gripped from the opening pages . . . Nicholls, author of STARTER FOR TEN, writes faultless, engaging dialogue and keeps up a cracking pace. You will find this hard to put down (Psychologies)

As a study of what we once were and what we can become, it's masterfully realised (Esquire)

Perfect for the beach or summer in the city (In Style)

An off-kilter romantic comedy with charm to spare (Harpers Bazaar)

A delicious love story (Sunday Herald)

funny and moving (Scotsman)

David STARTER FOR TEN Nicholls is back with this smart comedy, packed with the mistakes, mismatches and meandering conversations that make up real life (Marie Claire, Book of the Month)

A modern fairy tale, slickly put together. A gifted story-teller with lots of technical savvy. (Scottish Review of Books)

An edgy romantic tale (Woman & Home)

I loved this book . . . moved me profoundly (Amanda Ross)

Snort-out-loud stuff . . . it deserves to be a huge hit (thelondonpaper)

A romantic comedy that the gents needn't be ashamed to read. Chronicling a friendship spanning two decades, Nicholls perfects the will-they-won't-they trick, starting with his leads at university in the 1980s and poking gentle fun at the decades following. A genuine tear-jerker as well as laugh-out-loud funny. (Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 2009)

Intoxicating, engrossing and verging on genius (Daily Record, Scotland)

A compulsive read you'll want to devour in one sitting (Woman)

This is a real cancel-all-calls, leave-me-alone book (The Times Book Club)

I can't recommend it more highly (The Word)

A cross between Jonathan Coe and Nick Hornby, this is romantic, sharp and very English (Scotsman)

Laugh out loud funny with razor dialogue (Nadia Sawalha)

One Day should come with a health warning attached: This Book is Seriously Addictive (Belfast Telegraph)

I found it totally gripping. The characters are complex, the locations familiar. I don't want to give away the ending but everyone who reads it agrees how powerful it is. (Ed Miliband, The New Statesman)

Review

'It's rare to find a novel which ranges over the recent past with such authority, and even rarer to find one in which the two leading characters are drawn with such solidity, such painful fidelity, to real life that you really do put the book down with the hallucinatory feeling that they've become as well known to you as your closest friends. Hard to imagine anyone encountering characters as well drawn as this and not recognizing the extraordinary talent of the writer who has created them.' -- Jonathan Coe, Guardian Books of the Year 2009 'Incredibly moving' -- Marian Keyes, writing in the Irish Independent 'A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it.' -- Tony Parsons 20090129 'Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable ... brilliant on the details of the last couple of decades of British cultural and political life ... the perfect beach read for people who are normally repelled by the very idea of beach reads' -- Nick Hornby 20090403 'The funniest, loveliest book I've read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life: I lived every page.' -- Jenny Colgan 20081202 'The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have' -- Adele Parks 20090219 'I really loved it ... it's absolutely wonderful ... just so moving and engaging' -- Kate Mosse 20090621 'A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad ... the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's WHAT A CARVE UP! ... Nicholls's witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don't notice all the hard work that it's doing' -- The Times 20090621 'You'd be hard pressed to find a sharper, sweeter romantic comedy this year than the story of Dex and Em' -- Independent 20090621 'We may have found the novel of the year - a brilliantly funny and moving will-they, won't-they romance tracing a relationship on the same day each day for two decades' -- Heat 20090621 'With its beautifully rounded, real characters and deeply poignant storytelling, this is one of the year's best novels.' -- Heat 20090621 'With a nod to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, this funny, emotionally engaging third novel from David Nicholls traces the unlikely relationship between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew ... Told with toe-curlingly accurate insight and touching observation ... If you left college sometime in the Eighties with no clear idea of what was going to happen next, or who your lifelong friends might turn out to be, this one's a definite for your holiday suitcase. If you didn't, it still is ... The feelgood film must surely be just around the corner. I can't wait.' -- Daily Mail 20090621 'Nicholls has a gimlet eye for period detail ... A beguiling read' -- Observer 20090621 '[Nicholls] has both a very deft prose style and a great understanding of human emotion. His characterisation is utterly convincing ... ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic.' -- Daily Mirror 20090621 'A moving and feel-good read. Nicholls is an expert at capturing that essence of young adulthood, first love, heartbreak, and the tangled, complicated course of romance ... Deserves to be the must-read hit of the summer.' -- News of the World 20090621 'I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book' -- Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live 20090621 'Nicholls captures superbly the ennui of post graduation ... The writing is almost faultless, there's a great feeling for the period and it's eminently readable.' -- Herald 20090621 'Nicholls has written a warm, witty, smart and sad novel, and maybe one of the best books of the year' -- Sunday Tribune 20090621 'David Nicholls' third novel captivates love in a way that's real and unassuming ... Relaying the essence of friendship and unrequited love with fall-off-your-seat humour, this is an unputdownable romance for the 21st century' -- SHE 20090621 'You're gripped from the opening pages ... Nicholls, author of STARTER FOR TEN, writes faultless, engaging dialogue and keeps up a cracking pace. You will find this hard to put down' -- Psychologies 20090621 'As a study of what we once were and what we can become, it's masterfully realised' -- Esquire 20090621 'Perfect for the beach or summer in the city' -- In Style 20090621 'An off-kilter romantic comedy with charm to spare' -- Harpers Bazaar 20090621 'A delicious love story' -- Sunday Herald 20090621 'funny and moving' -- Scotsman 20090621 'David STARTER FOR TEN Nicholls is back with this smart comedy, packed with the mistakes, mismatches and meandering conversations that make up real life' -- Marie Claire, Book of the Month 20090621 'A modern fairy tale, slickly put together. A gifted story-teller with lots of technical savvy.' -- Scottish Review of Books 20090621 'An edgy romantic tale' -- Woman & Home 20090603 'I loved this book ... moved me profoundly' -- Amanda Ross 20090527 'Snort-out-loud stuff ... it deserves to be a huge hit' -- thelondonpaper 20090609 'A wonderful evocation of a modern love affair' -- Glamour 20090609 'Lightly done, but saved from schmaltz by rueful wit and lashings of cringe-inducing nostalgia' -- Guardian Review 20090609 'Clever, funny and poignant' -- Daily Express 20090609 'A total treat ... by turns bittersweet, funny, touching and sad, but always Nicholls's wonderfully observant and wry touch shines through. A way-we-live-now parable about relationships, disappointments, friendship and expectations; a novel utterly comfortable in its own skin' -- Kate Mosse, writing in The Times 20090609 'Fabulous ... I couldn't put it down ... It's brilliant' -- Fay Ripley 20090609

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1871 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091IO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2,188 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
From the review extracts on amazon (and plastered all over the endpapers of the paperback) you would think you'd come across the read of the century. In actual fact this book is a pleasant enough, entertaining enough, not too taxing, pebbled with zeitgeisty references for anyone who came of age in the nineties, read. To my disappointment I could see the romcom trailer before my eyes as I read the book, and whilst the film would undoubtedly have a great soundtrack, and probably a couple of 'star' cameos dropped into Dexter's TV shows, the plot and characterisation need more depth, and believeability. My basic problem was that I wanted to give Emma a good slap and tell her to stop being so wet and waiting for Dexter, 'cause he's a class A prat. No one needs that long and that many chances to come to their senses.
All in all it helped entertain me through a 24-hour plane journey but I can't quite see what all the fuss is about.
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