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After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man some slack and sit back and enjoy this. It is not as irresistible as One Day but it’s still a lovely read. Darker than his previous novel it tells of a struggling marriage and an awkward relationship between father and son. To help solve both problems our protagonist, Douglas, takes them on a ‘grand tour’ of Europe. Reading a bit like a pacy travelogue with much human reflection on life, it’s a sad tale spotted with humour and clever descriptions of the period in which we live. I like his writing very much. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

One of our Books of the Year 2014.

Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

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Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Married for more than twenty years and with middle age a comforting presence, gauche scientist Douglas is thinking only of continued contentment followed by retirement. His complacency is demolished when his wife Connie, a much more dynamic personality, decides to end their marriage. But first, she says, they should undertake a tour of Europe’s culture spots with their teenage son Albie. What follows is in turn comical and whimsical, and always touching. Part of the novel is told in flashback, showing how Douglas and Connie fell in love and how their relationship slowly imploded. Nicholls has a sure touch for character development and a satirical eye for life’s absurdities.
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Us by David Nicholls

David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. 'I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.' 'Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?' Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?

Reviews

US is a perfect book. * Independent * The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. * Good Housekeeping * A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more. -- Christina Patterson * The Sunday Times * I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After. -- Jojo Moyes I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon. * Mail on Sunday * Even better than One Day. * The Times *


About the Author

David Nicholls

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, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for film and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.

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). His third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication.

Photograph © Joss Barratt/Stay Still Ltd

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Publication date

7th May 2015

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780340897010

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