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One Day


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It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

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You'll need to set aside some time. . .

Once you start to read this book, expect to let your responsibilities slide until you finish. This one is very hard to put down, and should make a great movie, too. Dex and Em get together on graduation day, 1987, and spend the next twenty years pursuing lives with their friendship as a touchstone. As all the permutations of their situations develop, I became more engrossed by the highs and lows. All the characters are true-to-life. I really can't say enough good things. This one would be perfect for the beach, except you might forget the beach!

Entertaining and moving

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, page-turning, entertaining book which captured a lot of the feel of the last twenty years. It is both a light and deep character study of two individuals and their strengths and weaknesses, foibles and what turned them onto and off each other, also with some well-drawn minor characters and interesting twists and turns, including one or two really moving episodes. It drew neatly, too, on the background that had helped turn them into what they were. There's also a strong satirical element on. for example, student life, youth television, modern food and the difficulties of parenthood which completely hits the mark.

Now, seriously, this book is great fun...

After I had been ploughing through two brick-like books that had 'Literature' (with capital L) writ large all over them, this variation on the evergreen topic of 'Harry and Sally' was a most welcome relief: genuinely funny, liberal doses of acid repartee and shrewd observations, great care given to telling details and lots of fine craftsmanship spent on the staging of embarrassing encounters, disastrous reunions and relationships derailing. (I particularly liked the parlour game gone horribly wrong at the home of one of the leading man's prospective girlfriends.) 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.

Worth waiting for!

A new David Nicholls book is a reason to get up in the morning! I really loved One Day: the concept, the writing style, the humor and the characters were pitch perfect. Yes, it was a weeper but worth every moment spent with it. Fans of his other books and authors like Nick Hornby and Chris Cleave (also wonderful) will enjoy this.

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