David Nicholls' highly-anticipated new novel, SWEET SORROW, is out now.
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.
'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?
The Hollywood-ready latest from Nicholls (The Understudy) makes a brief pit stop in book form before its inevitable film adaptation. (It's already in development.) The episodic story takes place during a single day each year for two decades in the lives of Dex and Em. Dexter, the louche public school boy, and Emma, the brainy Yorkshire lass, meet the day they graduate from university in 1988 and run circles around one another for the next 20 years. Dex becomes a TV presenter whose life of sex, booze, and drugs spins out of control, while Em dully slogs her way through awful jobs before becoming the author of young adult books. They each take other lovers and spouses, but they cannot really live without each other. Nicholls is a glib, clever writer, and while the formulaic feel and maudlin ending aren't ideal for a book, they'll play in the multiplex.
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One of the most touching books I have ever read.
Unpredictable, witty and magical.
A must read, you won't be able to put it down.
Having decided to try and get back into fiction I gave this book a go based on the reviews and it didn't disappoint. One of the best books I've read in years that is excellently written. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. My thanks go to the author for creating such an excellent read.
Encore!....if my heart could take it!
I bought this to wile the time away on a beach holiday,but found myself too thoroughly introverted and engrossed in this book to do anything else! I think everyone, no matter their age will find a little of themselves in this book and you will wish that we could spend more time with Dex and Em past the stroke of midnight.But there they are,frozen in time;through their remarkable journey of friendship and growing up,somewhat forever together.At least they are in my heart,together forever,Dex and Em.em and dex.
seriously touching book!