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Sweet Sorrow

by David Nicholls

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

Sweet Sorrow Synopsis

One life-changing summer Charlie meets Fran...

In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don't remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling.

The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.

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Sweet Sorrow Press Reviews

A compassionate, intelligent look at the raw pain and loneliness of a teenage boy, the everyday miracle of first love and the perennial power of Shakespeare's language - Spectator

Sweet Sorrow is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love - Guardian

A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception - Irish Times

Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time - Scotsman

No other writer breaks my heart and then partially bandages it back together quite like Nichollsdoes. Sweet Sorrow is an absolute must-read - Sheerluxe

Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender. - Grazia

A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending - Heat

Here he proves that he can still pull off that most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure - Observer

Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love - Daily Express

Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far - i paper

If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls' - Stella

A devastatingly honest exploration of first love, razor-sharp reflections on friendship - oh, and some snort out loud funny moments - George Aligiah, The Guardian

A witty and tender evocation of young love - Robert Webb, The Guardian

I'm not sure there has ever been a better book to read while by the sea. The nostalgia, the humour, the deep understanding of adolescent love and indeed the sorrow. It's such a brilliant book. - i News

Capturing nostalgia for long endless summers as well as for the strangeness that is friendships among those cast together in a play... a beautiful coming of age story - The AU Review

Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint - BookBrunch

Funny and nostalgic tale of first love - The Sydney Morning Herald

Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love - The Times

David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light -- Donal Ryan Nicholls's gift is character. There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . sad funny, soulful - Observer

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A glorious escape to the sunlit uplands of the 1990s, where a teenager first finds love - Financial Times

Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet - Daily Mirror

Sweet Sorrow manages to be interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time. I know when my heartstrings are being pulled, but tugged they assuredly were - Scotland on Sunday

Once again, he has pulled off that most rare and coveted of literary feats : a popular novel that will also endure. - The Week

Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet - Daily Mirror

A delicious, pensive summer read - Press Association

No one else writes novels that are both relatable and revelatory in the way he does -- Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Evening Standard

A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception - Irish Times

A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending - Heat

A funny, relatable coming-of-age story - The Sun

Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time - Scotsman

Full of wisdom, poignancy and laughs. - Mail on Sunday

Adrian Mole meets The Swish Of The Curtain in this lovely coming-of-age romcom about acting and the class divide - Daily Mail

No other writer breaks my heart and then partially bandages it back together quite like Nicholls does. Sweet Sorrow is an absolute must-read - Sheerluxe

Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love - Daily Express

Pitch perfect ... Exquisite ... Terrific ... Very funny ... Though Sweet Sorrow is certainly pulse-quickening enough to absorb readers through this summer's airport delays and rained-off beach days, it's no escapist fantasy. The tale of Charlie and Fran will linger long beyond your tan - Telegraph

A master of the bittersweet coming-of-age novel - Herald

It's everything a story should be. Beautiful and clear and heartfelt, and it will do what all brilliant stories do: it will find the very pinpoint of who you are and it will stay there. -- Joanna Cannon

Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true story. -- Clare Mackintosh

If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls' - Stella

Sweet Sorrow is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love - Guardian

A compassionate, intelligent look at the raw pain and loneliness of a teenage boy, the everyday miracle of first love and the perennial power of Shakespeare's language - Spectator

Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls. -- John Boyne

It's just perfect in every way. -- Jill Mansell

Nicholls' literary talents are impressive . . . the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending. - The Sunday Times

Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far - i paper

Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced. -- Graham Norton

I don't think anyone writing right now captures youth and adolescence better; I'm not sure anyone even gets close. -- Jenny Colgan, author of The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After

This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. - Stylist

A big-hearted book with wonderful set-pieces ... beautifully funny and touching ... his books always seem as fresh as they are wise and funny. - Literary Review

Full of the joy and pain of first love, fans who fell for bestseller One Day, ten years ago, won't be disappointed. - Sunday Mirror

Affirms once again Nicholls' talent for unearthing the special in the ordinary. - Metro

A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception. - Irish Times

He's such a genius. His novels are relatable and recognizable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing. -- Nina Stibbe

This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. - Stylist

Here he proves that he can still pull off that most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure - Observer

Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender. - Grazia

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ISBN: 9781444715422
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback

ISBN: B07QKC9G83
Publication date: 11/07/2019
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781444715422
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Nostalgia: general,

About 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 ...

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