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Sweet Sorrow (Hardback)
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Sweet Sorrow (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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A decade after his phenomenal bestseller One Day, David Nicholls returns with a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale. Told over one life-changing summer, it explores - with genuine tenderness - the transformative impact of first love in an ordinary life. An expert at evoking what it truly feels like to be young and alive, Nicholls' novel promises to be something very special.

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.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444715408
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 233 x 152 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘...a funny, affectionate exploration of first love, viewed from the perspective of a bit-part player with no aspiration to become the romantic lead.’ - The Guardian

'One of the most acute chroniclers of England as it is now.' - The Financial Times

'Does what Nicholls does best... Again he has pulled off that most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit and a bestseller that will also endure.' - The Observer

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.' - The 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

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“First love....”

Sweet Sorrow is narrated by Charlie, in his thirties looking back on his self when he was 16 years old and the single summer everything changed.
His parent’s marriage starts disintegrating, dad’s slow decline into... More

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“When Charlie met Fran...”

This is a coming of age story like no other. Charlie is getting married but he can not help reflect on when he was younger. This is everything a story should be. We see doubt creeping in, hurt and confusion taking... More

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“Wonderful!”

I remember reading my proof of One Day and being blown away by this beautiful, sad story so I was delighted when Hodder & Stoughton sent me a proof of Sweet Sorrow, the new novel by David Nicholls, in exchange for... More

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