One Day

One Day

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 138 x 197 x 29mm | 302g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340896981
  • 9780340896983
  • 1,849

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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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This perfectly executed novel is a reminder that reading can be the finest entertainment there is. * Guardian * A genuine tear-jerker as well as laugh-out-loud funny. * Independent on Sunday Books of the Year 2009 * An unputdownable romance for the 21st century. * SHE * I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book. * Simon Mayo Books Panel, BBC Radio Five Live * 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 * A wonderful, wonderful book. * The Times * Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable. * Nick Hornby * ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic. * Daily Mirror *
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About David Nicholls

David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Us, One Day, The Understudy and Starter for Ten. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages.

David trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. He is an award-winning screenwriter, with TV credits including the third series of Cold Feet, a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing, The 7.39 and an adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. David wrote the screenplays for Great Expectations (2012) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015, starring Carey Mulligan). He recently won a BAFTA for Patrick Melrose, his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, which also won him an Emmy nomination.

His bestselling first novel, Starter for Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and in 2006 David went on to write the screenplay of the film version.

His third novel, One Day, was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. One Day won the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award.

David's fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 and was another no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. In the same year he was named Author of the Year at the National Book Awards.
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Rating details

279,626 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 29% (82,340)
4 35% (98,390)
3 24% (66,491)
2 8% (23,135)
1 3% (9,270)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Julie Rimpula
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 more
by lorna Grace Edwards
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
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 more
by Kristina Coric
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
I thoroughly enjoyed 'One Day', entertaining and easy to read - I would recommend this to anyone after a good holiday read. For the Antipodean its fun to read about the different locations across London and the UK and get an insight into how things were in the 80's and 90' more
by Angus Fay
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