It's rare to find a novel which ranges over the recent past with such authority, and even rarer to find one in which the two leading characters are drawn with such solidity, such painful fidelity, to real life that you really do put the book down with the hallucinatory feeling that they've become as well known to you as your closest friends. Hard to imagine anyone encountering characters as well drawn as this and not recognizing the extraordinary talent of the writer who has created them.
A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it.
Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable . . . brilliant on the details of the last couple of decades of British cultural and political life . . . the perfect beach read for people who are normally repelled by the very idea of beach reads
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.
The ultimate zeitgeist love story for anyone who ever wanted someone they couldn't have
I really loved it . . . it's absolutely wonderful . . . just so moving and engaging
You'd be hard pressed to find a sharper, sweeter romantic comedy this year than the story of Dex and Em
We may have found the novel of the year - a brilliantly funny and moving will-they, won't-they romance tracing a relationship on the same day each day for two decades
With its beautifully rounded, real characters and deeply poignant storytelling, this is one of the year's best novels.
With a nod to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, this funny, emotionally engaging third novel from David Nicholls traces the unlikely relationship between Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew . . . Told with toe-curlingly accurate insight and touching observation . . . If you left college sometime in the Eighties with no clear idea of what was going to happen next, or who your lifelong friends might turn out to be, this one's a definite for your holiday suitcase. If you didn't, it still is . . . The feelgood film must surely be just around the corner. I can't wait.
Nicholls has a gimlet eye for period detail . . . A beguiling read
A moving and feel-good read. Nicholls is an expert at capturing that essence of young adulthood, first love, heartbreak, and the tangled, complicated course of romance . . . Deserves to be the must-read hit of the summer.
Nicholls captures superbly the ennui of post graduation . . . The writing is almost faultless, there's a great feeling for the period and it's eminently readable.
Nicholls has written a warm, witty, smart and sad novel, and maybe one of the best books of the year
You're gripped from the opening pages . . . Nicholls, author of STARTER FOR TEN, writes faultless, engaging dialogue and keeps up a cracking pace. You will find this hard to put down
As a study of what we once were and what we can become, it's masterfully realised
Perfect for the beach or summer in the city
An off-kilter romantic comedy with charm to spare
A delicious love story
funny and moving
David STARTER FOR TEN Nicholls is back with this smart comedy, packed with the mistakes, mismatches and meandering conversations that make up real life
A modern fairy tale, slickly put together. A gifted story-teller with lots of technical savvy.
An edgy romantic tale
I loved this book . . . moved me profoundly
Snort-out-loud stuff . . . it deserves to be a huge hit
A wonderful evocation of a modern love affair
Lightly done, but saved from schmaltz by rueful wit and lashings of cringe-inducing nostalgia
Clever, funny and poignant
A total treat . . . by turns bittersweet, funny, touching and sad, but always Nicholls's wonderfully observant and wry touch shines through. A way-we-live-now parable about relationships, disappointments, friendship and expectations; a novel utterly comfortable in its own skin
Fabulous . . . I couldn't put it down . . . It's brilliant
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.
Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable.
A wonderful, wonderful book.
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.
ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic.
I couldn't think of anyone who wouldn't love this book.
An unputdownable romance for the 21st century.
This perfectly executed novel is a reminder that reading can be the finest entertainment there is.
A genuine tear-jerker as well as laugh-out-loud funny.
Nicholls' unmatchable gift for dialogue and romantic plotting
The book I go back to time and time again is One Day by David Nicholls. I read it every couple of years. It's perfect.
A pleasingly collaborative reading experience
A modern classic
One of the most tear-jerking novels ever written