One Day

David Nicholls

One Day

A love story from the author of Starter for Ten... 'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. 4.5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
One Day

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Romance
Format Hardback
Pages 448
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication June 2009
ISBN 978-0340896969
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
 

A love story from the author of Starter for Ten... 'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

Reviews

The Guardian

Harry Ritchie

Here he adds to his exceptional comic talent a new-found depth... Just as Nicholls has made full use of his central concept, so he has drawn on all his comic and literary gifts to produce a novel that is not only roaringly funny but also memorable, moving and, in its own unassuming, unpretentious way, rather profound.

04/07/2009

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The Times

John O'Connell

You're not convinced, are you? You're thinking, “I don't need to read that, I've seen When Harry Met Sally”, or, “That sounds saccharine beyond belief”... Well, be convinced: One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. It's also, with its subtly political focus on changing habits and mores, the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!

03/06/2009

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The Scotsman

Hannah Stephenson

This is a much more grown-up story for Nicholls, whose previous novels have been lighter and more nostalgic: focusing on dating, being a student or a struggling actor... He once again captures the minutiae of relationships and all the emotions which surround them in One Day, but in a more subtle, mature way. Perhaps Nicholls has finally come of age.

20/06/2009

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The Daily Mail

Katherine Whitbourn

Told with toe-curlingly accurate insight and touching observation... If you left college some time 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. Set in such picturesque locations as Edinburgh, rural Oxfordshire, Paris and Rome, the feelgood film must surely be just around the corner. I can't wait.

09/06/2009

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The Observer

Elizabeth Day

...although it is well written and often funny, it also feels dated, plodding through the same old plotlines of boy-meets-girl; boy-acts-like-a-bit-of-an-arse-during-his-20s; boy-settles-down-in-his-30s-but-struggles-with-fatherhood and so on... Whatever its structural flaws, there is no doubt that One Day is a beguiling read. But although I really liked it, I wanted desperately to love it because Nicholls is, I think, a far better writer than this format allows him to be.

12/07/2009

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