One Day

One Day

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By (author) David Nicholls

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  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 176mm x 32mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0340994681
  • ISBN 13: 9780340994689
  • Sales rank: 223

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'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. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.

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Author information

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. He was co-writer for the film adaptation of Simpatico, which starred Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone. 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). Also, for BBC TV, David wrote a modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and recently adapted Tess of the D'Urbervilles. He is currently working on an adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

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By Marianne Vincent 22 Jul 2013 5

One Day is the third novel by British author, screenwriter, and actor, David Nicholls. The day referred to in the title is St. Swithin's Day, July 15th, and the narration describes what is happening in the lives of two people, Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, each year on that day as well as referring to significant events of the preceding year. Emma and Dexter are first encountered on the day after their graduation and are followed through twenty years of life: relationships, career highs and lows, personal crises, addictions, weddings, marriages, divorces, extramarital affairs, parenthood, resounding successes and abysmal failures, loss of significant family members, loneliness, cohabitation and physical ageing all feature. Apart from straight narration, Nicholls uses letters (sent and unsent), poems, phone messages and newspaper articles to tell the story, and he cleverly creates the feel of the period with songs, books, movies, TV shows, world affairs, politics and sports. It all feels very real. Dexter and Emma have lots of depth and appeal; the supporting characters are likewise interesting. Nicholls manages to evoke plenty of laughter, but also tears (occasionally at the same time!) as well as groans and sighs. He also packs a punch that will leave the reader gasping. This is a marvellous novel that will have readers searching out other works by David Nicholls.

By Virginia Costeschi 16 Jan 2012 4

A great read: sensitive, funny, melancholic, romantic, painful. I think every woman and every man can enjoy this book.

By Emma Salik 16 Oct 2011 5

First of all: wow! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did.

The style in which it is written is intelligent, witty and engaging. And the love story is so real and passionate, spanning 20 years with all the ups and downs that life presents. The characters of Emma and Decter are perfectly formed and so beautifully human with their flaws. I became so emotionally involved in the story while reading, cried a bucket of tears, and honestly didn't see the ending coming. This is a beautiful book.

This book is a new favorite, I recommend it to everyone.

By Doha Youssef 20 Aug 2011 5

I was quite hesitant to buy a book from this site as the books were at unbelievably low prices. I got my book in a matter of days and I am absolutely thrilled. Customer service as well as quality of products is amazing. The book is stunningly well written.

By Julie 29 Sep 2010 5

A relationship between two people over twenty years - a simple concept but used very successfully. As time passes the charcters develop in front of you, and it's remarkable how the power in the relationship shifts from one person to the other. Each snapshot is interesting and engaging and leaves you wanting to read on. There is plenty of suspense and 'what if' moments, and much of the book can be quick solemn.
Overall I would say it's a very well-written, funny and sobering book about a normal, everyday situtation, and it will certainly leave you pondering the relationships in your own life.

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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 couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book.' RADIO FIVE LIVE SIMON MAYO BOOKS PANEL 'Deserves to be the must-read hit of the summer.' NEWS OF THE WORLD 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