One Day Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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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)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
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.
I`m not usually one to get emotional over books and films, but I found myself close to tears at some points in One Day. One page in particular, I had to go back and re-read several times, it affected me so much.
One more thing: If you`re the type of person who likes to read the last page of a novel to see how it all turns out, don`t bother. The last couple of pages will tell you nothing at all.
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A great story, lovely concept and really well told. To avoid spoiling the story, I won't go any further but I suggest you buy it right now. Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. Vincent
Great story, great characters, charm, pathos, wit, sharply observed.... this is old news. This book has been out for ages, and I've only just got around to reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Gow
Love this book. Read it ages ago and recently saw the movie. The movie was good. Made me want to reread the book. Glad I did. So sweet. And sad. And makes you feel. Funny too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by InspiredLiving
I laughed, I cried, I felt every emotion reading this book, even the hairs stood up on my arms. Great book.Published 1 month ago by Jules