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Sweet Sorrow: The Sunday Times bestselling novel from the author of ONE DAY

David Nicholls

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c 1990 to c 2000, Holidays & seasonal interest, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Nostalgia: general

A tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and a celebration of the searing explosion of first love.

From beloved bestselling author David Nicholls.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'That most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure.' Observer

'Triumph ... the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending.' The Sunday Times

'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

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.

'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

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

'The author of Us and of course One Day has never written with more tenderness and insight than in this bittersweet story ... perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love.' Daily Express

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

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Praise for Sweet Sorrow: The Sunday Times bestselling novel from the author of ONE DAY

  • Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced.

  • It's just perfect in every way.

  • 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.

  • Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, SWEET SORROW reads like a true story.

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

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

  • Poignant and insightful - Independent

  • 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

  • Will stay with you long after the last page - Evening Standard

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DAVID NICHOLLS ON TOUR

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David Nicholls tells his Australian fans about Us

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Us by David Nicholls

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One Day by David Nicholls

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David Nicholls tells his Australian fans about Us

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DAVID NICHOLLS ON TOUR

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David Nicholls

David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten, The Understudy, One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim: translated into 40 languages, it became a global bestseller, selling millions of copies worldwide. His fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
On screen, David has written adaptations of Far from the Madding Crowd, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Great Expectations, as well as of his own novels, Starter for Ten, One Day and Us. His adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for an Emmy and won him a BAFTA for best writer. A new Netflix adaptation of One Day will be released in 2024, which David is executive-producing.
David's latest novel, You Are Here, will be published in April 2024 and is available for pre-order now.

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