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Sweet Sorrow By David Nicholls

Sweet Sorrow
by David Nicholls

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Sweet Sorrow: the new Sunday Times bestseller from the author of ONE DAY by 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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Sweet Sorrow Reviews


Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender. * Grazia *
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 *
This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. * Stylist *
He's such a genius. His novels are relatable and recognizable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing. -- Nina Stibbe
A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception. * Irish Times *
Affirms once again Nicholls' talent for unearthing the special in the ordinary. * Metro *
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 *
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 *
This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. * Stylist *
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
Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced. -- Graham Norton
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 *
Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far * i paper *
Nicholls' literary talents are impressive . . . the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending. * The Sunday Times *
It's just perfect in every way. -- Jill Mansell
A book that will find its way into your heart and set up home... this story perfectly captures the awkwardness and poignancy of first love * Red *
Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls. -- John Boyne
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 *
If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls' * Stella *
Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true story. -- Clare Mackintosh
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
A master of the bittersweet coming-of-age novel * Herald *
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 *
Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love * Daily Express *
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 *
Adrian Mole meets The Swish Of The Curtain in this lovely coming-of-age romcom about acting and the class divide * Daily Mail *
Full of wisdom, poignancy and laughs. * Mail on Sunday *
Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time * Scotsman *
A funny, relatable coming-of-age story * The Sun *
A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending * Heat *
A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception * Irish Times *
No one else writes novels that are both relatable and revelatory in the way he does -- Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Evening Standard
A delicious, pensive summer read * Press Association *
Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet * Daily Mirror *
Once again, he has pulled off that "most rare and coveted of literary feats": a popular novel that will also endure. * The Week *
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 *
Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet * Daily Mirror *
A glorious escape to the sunlit uplands of the 1990s, where a teenager first finds love * Financial Times *
Praise for David Nicholls * - *
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 *
David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light -- Donal Ryan
Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love * The Times *
Once again, he has pulled off that "most rare and coveted of literary feats": a popular novel that will also endure. * The Week *
Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far * i paper *
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 *
If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls' * Stella *
A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending * Heat *
Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender. * Grazia *
Sweet Sorrow is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love * Guardian *
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 *
Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time * Scotsman *
A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception * Irish Times *
A funny, relatable coming-of-age story * The Sun *
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 *

About David Nicholls


David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Us, One Day, The Understudy and Starter for Ten. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages.

David trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. He is an award-winning screenwriter, with TV credits including the third series of Cold Feet, a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing, The 7.39 and an adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. David wrote the screenplays for Great Expectations (2012) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015, starring Carey Mulligan). He recently won a BAFTA for Patrick Melrose, his adaptation of the novels by Edward St Aubyn, which also won him an Emmy nomination.

His bestselling first novel, Starter for Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and in 2006 David went on to write the screenplay of the film version.

His third novel, One Day, was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. One Day won the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award.

David's fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 and was another no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. In the same year he was named Author of the Year at the National Book Awards.

Additional information

GOR009802944
Sweet Sorrow: the new Sunday Times bestseller from the author of ONE DAY by David Nicholls
David Nicholls
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton
2019-07-11
416
1444715402
9781444715408
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