Sweet Sorrow (Paperback)
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Sweet Sorrow (Paperback)

Sweet Sorrow (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 06/08/2020
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Waterstones Says

A decade after his phenomenal bestseller One Day, David Nicholls returns with a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale, that explores - over one life-changing summer - the transformative impact of first love in an ordinary life.    

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: 9781444715422
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender - Grazia

A beautiful paean to young love . . . 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 - Alex Preston, 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 recognisable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing - Nina Stibbe, author of LOVE, NINA

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

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

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 - Sunday Times

It's just perfect in every way - Jill Mansell, author of SHOULD I TELL YOU?

Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls - John Boyne, author of THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES

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

Fizzing . . . a funny, affectionate exploration of first love - Guardian

Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true story - Clare Mackintosh, author of THE LAST PARTY

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, author of WILL YOU READ THIS, PLEASE?

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 - Daily Telegraph

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

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 - Sun

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

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

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

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

Funny and nostalgic tale of first love - Sydney Morning Herald

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

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

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

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

David Nicholls is that rarest of literary creatures: a genuinely brilliant, genuinely popular novelist. His latest, Sweet Sorrow, is more than just poignant and warm and funny. There are piercing apercus and writing that's both precise and poetic, lyrical and tough - Stuart Maconie, Best Books of the Year, New Statesman

Eloquent . . . dazzles with wit and shrewd self-reflection - People

A tale of first love that hits all the right notes . . . [it] just might be the sweetest book to brighten your late summer - Washington Post

Delectable . . . Nicholls treats you to a satisfying glimpse into the future, where characters make a curtain call as adults . . . Bombshells abound - New York Times Book Review

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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.
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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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