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Published on July 23rd, 2014


Us by David Nicholls

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Blurb: David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced One Day in this brilliant, bittersweet new book, which will delight his fans and bring him many new readers. A novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children, its publication will undoubtedly be one of the major events in the world of books in 2014. (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014)

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Craig Brown, The Daily Mail

“Though it is an ambitious novel, intricately patterned, which tackles complex and subtle themes, it has the furious pace of a thriller. Each time I put the book down, I stared in disbelief at the number of pages I had just covered; by the end, I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon.

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Matt Cain, The Independent

“… a delightful, joyous experience. Every paragraph is rich with detail drawn from the author’s own view of world and every few lines we’re treated to a funny thought or wry observation on topics as diverse as the grubbiness of travel and the correct way to appreciate art. It’s also structurally impressive; Nicholls seamlessly and stylishly interweaves scenes from past and present so that the narrative flow is never broken. But it’s the author’s sensitivity and understanding of human emotions that really makes Us an exceptional novel.”

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Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times

“Douglas’s account of the family dynamics, in art galleries and hotels in Paris and Amsterdam, is astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. Like his bestselling One Day, it is, at times, extremely funny.”

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Matt Haig, The Observer

“Nicholls’s gift is character. There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real. He is far from a stylistic show-off – his intelligence isn’t worn on his sleeve, but the clear writing often dazzles with truth.”

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David Sexton, London Evening Standard

“It is not a derivative rerun of One Day but it has the same appeal: an emotive romantic comedy, ingeniously structured but set in familiar circumstances, stretching over a large part of a lifetime. Us is a highly competent piece of book production in short and sure to be another huge bestseller.”

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Tim Auld, The Telegraph

Us is a quiet joy, written with an undemonstrative simplicity that is hard to achieve. It’s also a novel that captures the zeitgeist and will speak to many middle-aged people who find that their marriage has run its course and realise they must start out on a new romantic journey. It won’t make waves like One Day, but then, no writer should expect that kind of success more than once in a lifetime.”

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