Us (Paperback)
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Us (Paperback)

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Published: 07/05/2015
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The author of the bestselling One Day delivers a beautifully bittersweet meditation on love and family as the hapless Douglas plans the holiday to end them in all in a bid to hold his marriage together.

Now a major TV drama starring Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves.

David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.

Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: One that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340897010
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 27 mm


Those who loved Nicholls's last novel, One Day, will not be disappointed. Us has many of the same qualities, including an almost magical readability. Though it is an ambitious novel, intricately patterned, which tackles complex and subtle themes, it has the furious pace of a thriller . . . I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon - Mail on Sunday

I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After - Jojo Moyes

A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more - Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

Us is a work of Cheever-esque perfection that absolutely captures the exquisite horror of not being able to do right for wrong - Damian Barr, Observer

A perfect book - Independent

Nicholls, it seems, was born to write about love, in all its sweetness and bitterness . . . thoughtful, funny, authentic . . . Us begins as a sweet read, but evolves into an examination of love's complexities - the battle between the heart and the brain . . . The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive - Good Housekeeping

Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love, this time about a type of relationship often neglected as unsexy - the long-married couple . . . wry, plaintive but ever hopeful - The Times

Very funny, wise and bittersweet - Daily Express

As he proved in One Day, Nicholls is brilliant at picking apart modern life with all its hopes, disillusionments and regrets, and marrying it to a gently heartbreaking narrative - Observer

He doesn't just have a sharp eye for a story, his characters also have real depth and his books are a delicate balance between warmth and edge. No-one ever gets too easy a ride. Us . . . is no exception - John Crace, Guardian

Even better than One Day - The Times

A compulsively readable, formally inventive, extremely funny yet achingly melancholy love story - Andrew Billen, The Times

Nicholls has raised his game . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . a sad, funny, soulful joy of a book - Matt Haig, Observer

I read it through tears in maybe two sittings . . . at the heart of the book is one man's plight to just get things right. And whoever you are, however logical, or practical with your emotions, most of us just want to get things right when it comes to the people we love - Candice Carty-Williams

I read it through tears in maybe two sittings . . . at the heart of the book is one man's plight to just get things right. And whoever you are, however logical, or practical with your emotions, most of us just want to get things right when it comes to the people we love - Candice Carty-Williams, author of QUEENIE

An emotive romantic comedy, ingeniously structured - Evening Standard

Us is a quiet joy, written with an undemonstrative simplicity that is hard to achieve - Sunday Telegraph

Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it - S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

A wrenching examination of a journey through Europe that goes terribly wrong and a consideration of what it means to be a parent today - Philip Hensher, Guardian

It's the perfect follow-up to One Day because it takes romance to a middle-aged place. It's funny and sweet - a lovely, lovely book - Graham Norton

Few authors do messed-up relationships better than Nicholls - People

Bittersweet, beautifully rendered - Sydney Morning Herald

I enjoyed Us immensely. David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light, happiness and sadness; the place where fatigue is, and restlessness, where love is tested and strained and sometimes broken - Donal Ryan, author of FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA

Beautiful, funny and brilliant - Dan Stevens

Nicholls has captured, with rare accuracy, the hopes, fears, compromises and silly jokes that make up our lives. The title says it all: he really is writing about Us - Daily Telegraph

Never has a book about the end of a love affair been so heartrendingly romantic and bittersweet. Rich in pathos, humour and steeped in the wisdom of maturity - Sunday Mirror

Us is an entertaining and clever crossover read . . . one of the best portrayals of the complexities of a long-term relationship I've seen in a contemporary novel - Viv Groskop, Observer

Nicholls is a delightfully funny writer . . . Us evolves into a poignant consideration of how a marriage ages, how parents mess up and what survives despite all those challenges - Washington Post

Nicholls is a master of the braided narrative, weaving the past and present to create an intricate whole, one that is at times deceptively light and unexpectedly devastating . . . this is a funny and moving novel perfect for a long journey - Kirkus

His organisation of the story is impeccable . . . The narrative neatly weaves present and past with a perfect rhythmic sense of when to leave or revisit a particular strand. The dialogue is always bouncy . . . acute and astute about the dynamics of relationships - Mark Lawson, Guardian

Nicholls's superior brand of romantic comedy, shot through with dark shards of truth, gets under the skin - Rachel Hore, Independent

Nicholls's ability to create and then subvert the traditional plot for a comedy is the secret of his success. It makes us confront the gap between what we expect from storytelling and what happens in real life . . . it is this frank exploration of some of the unromantic realities of marriage and growing old that makes this book moving and thought-provoking - Spectator

A spectacularly well observed, funny and often heartbreaking account of the difficulties of marriage and parenting - Heat

Clever and likeable - Literary Review

It's funny, moving and, of course, wonderfully written - Sun

A great combination of laughs and heart - Sophie Kinsella, author of THE PARTY CRASHER

A happier, lighter, more well-adjusted version of Gone Girl . . . For all of their burdens and battles, Douglas and Connie have moments of real joy in their marriage and while it doesn't always seem like a pleasure, reading about it sure is - Time

Nicholls again deals with love lost and possibility found, offering an unpredictable ending . . . a poignant story of regret in middle age - New York Times

Peerless at mixing eye-smarting tragedy with ebullient comedy - Metro

Well worth the wait . . . A poignant and acutely observed portrayal of a marriage that's lost its way - Express

A stylish comedy delivered with all of Nicholls's customary aplomb - Mail on Sunday

David Nicholls has such finesse with character that he can create two central figures who are self-deceiving, funny, awful and touching - and who pull you through the narrative like magnets - Helen Dunmore, author of BIRDCAGE WALK

A great novel . . . Nicholls is a master of nuanced relationships. He's also a pro at delivering a tight, clever structural narrative - Entertainment Weekly

Us is the tender, sometimes funny, often heartbreaking journey of two adults experiencing one of those growing-up moments in life that is somehow all the more poignant because they think they're too old to grow up - Thea Sharrock, director of ME BEFORE YOU

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“This book did not do it for me !”

Douglas and Connie have been married for more than twenty years when Connie announces that she thinks their marriage has run its course and she wants to leave Douglas. This is a revelation and Douglas had no idea... More

Paperback edition
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Throughout this whole book, I found it touching. Having to release the book from my grip was almost impossible. The way this story is written forms splendid and detailed images in you're mind, and you truley feel... More

Paperback edition
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“A touching and affecting read.”

Having been a fan of David Nicholls' since reading 'Starter For Ten', I was immediately excited to get my hands on his new title, 'Us'.

'Us' is a wonderful book from start to... More

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