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By (author) David Nicholls

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'ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic' - Daily Mirror Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. The multi-million copy bestseller that captures the experiences of a generation. '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?

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 32mm | 320g
  • 04 Feb 2010
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London
  • English
  • 0340896981
  • 9780340896983
  • 82

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Galaxy Book Award-winner (ONE DAY), Richard & Judy bestseller (STARTER FOR TEN), BAFTA Award nominee (GREAT EXPECTATIONS) and now Man Booker Longlisted (US) author David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. As well as his multimillion-copy bestselling novels STARTER FOR TEN, THE UNDERSTUDY and ONE DAY, David is a scriptwriter whose credits include the TV series Cold Feet, Rescue Me, I Saw You, the TV movies The 7:39 and Aftersun, and screenplays for Far From the Madding Crowd, Great Expectations, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and When Did You Last See Your Father? He has also written the screenplays for the film adaptations of his own novels, STARTER FOR TEN (2006) which starred James McAvoy, ONE DAY (2010), starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, and the forthcoming THE UNDERSTUDY (release TBC).

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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

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Customer reviews

Didn't like it very much

I did not like it very much though I must say the story was good. It was a bittersweet love story and I appreciated it. I could have given it a lower rating but with all fairness, despite the boredom I suffered through the first half of the book, it has a redeeming quality to it. I was just quite disappointed because I was expecting too much since there were a lot of good reviews on it. Anyways... Honestly, I think Dexter and Emma are this kind of people who can't admit, even to themselves, that they're in love with each other. They're both proud and self-righteous and can't seem to decide what to do with their own respective lives. Emma was in love with Dexter but just settled with being his best friend, while Dexter on the other hand, didn't even realize that he loved Emma and continued searching for "fun" until he ended up being more miserable. Dexter was drunk 75% of the time, which I really really hate. I even thought he was going to die because of alcoholism. But you know how everything finally makes sense when you get to be with someone you really wanna be with? That's exactly how it happened to Dexter. His life took a different turn when he and Emma got together. I thought I was going to finish the book thinking "You idiot Dexter, just go and find Emma, will you?" It's just so sad that Emma died after two years of marriage with Dexter and she didn't get to have a child. It even frustrated me a bit. After so many years of frustrating friendship and a short-lived marriage, she just dies? Argh! But really, I loved the ending. And the flashbacks towards the end? Brilliant! I loved the fact that it did not end in such a very sad note (i.e. Dexter moping and grieving around). And it's great that he got the chance to start becoming a father to Jasmine. All in all, it was okay though not the one I would be willing to give a rating higher than 2 out of 5.show more
by Julie Rimpula

Love this book

I read this within a couple of days on holiday, it is so hard to put down. It has quickly become my best book. The story and characters become so real you can not stop thinking of them even when the book is finished. A must read - and a lovely story that works really well.show more
by lorna Grace Edwards

Such a good book!

This book left a hole in my heart after reading it, I could not stop thinking about it while reading and when i finished! I got so attached to the characters, and oh my gosh it was so good! I loved this book as soon as i started reading it, i could not put it down, and i'm so glad i read it! The book follows the lives of Dexter and Emma and how they meet, how they break apart and how things work out. Each chapter describes the same day (anniversary of when they met) for 20 years. There's no real plot to this story it's just a journey, but such a good journey! Anyone who loves a good contemporary novel should read this book! Also the book is written so beautifully, thank you David Nicholls :-)show more
by Kate Mawdesley

A good story and a good read

I thought this was a good read, I especially liked the structure of the book how each year represented a year. The characters were interesting however I didn't get quite attached to the characters as I would have liked too. Great story.show more
by Kristina Coric

Don't Believe the Cover page!

Just an ok read-I did read it to the end. Good concept in that we see what the main characters are up to on the same day in successive years. I would have rather purchased another book, though. Certainly not one to keep me enthralled for hours....maybe a good thing so I can do other jobs?? I looked forward to finishing it so I could start another!show more
by Wendy SEKULOFF