One Day – David Nicholls

Both Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby find themselves quoted as reviewers of this book, which I suppose is High Fidelity and Man and Boy via Four Weddings and a Funeral. It has a sharp humour  – I really enjoyed the scene on the beach in Greece where Emma’s wit is at its best, and this book made me laugh out loud on a regular basis.  I finished it in 24 hours, thanks to its precise narrative style, and the power of the unresolved sexual tension at its heart – you could say its premise.

Leavis criticised Hardy’s use of coincidence, and this only avoids a Mills and Boon conclusion by heaping in spoonfuls of miserable coincidence near the climax.  It’s a pity that I finished over a week ago, before the Christmas holidays placed me in a computer free zone, and now I’ve forgotten lots of the details, and can’t remember what I was going to say – except for one thing – read and enjoy!

One day – Amazon Bookshop

Oldfield Park Bookshop


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