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Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow

‘Triumph … the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending.’ The Sunday Times

‘That most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure.’ Observer

‘Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls’ most mature and compelling novel so far.’ i-paper

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.

‘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

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

‘The author of Us and of course One Day has never written with more tenderness and insight than in this bittersweet story … perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love.’ Daily Express

‘Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we’ve all experienced.’ Graham Norton
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 11th July 2019

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781444715439

Reviews

A book that will find its way into your heart and set up home... this story perfectly captures the awkwardness and poignancy of first love
Red
No other writer breaks my heart and then partially bandages it back together quite like Nicholls does. Sweet Sorrow is an absolute must-read
Sheerluxe
A master of the bittersweet coming-of-age novel
Herald
A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception
Irish Times
A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending
Heat
A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception.
Irish Times
Sweet Sorrow is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love
Guardian
Praise for David Nicholls
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A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception
Irish Times
Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender.
Grazia
Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love
Daily Express
Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time
Scotsman
This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat.
Stylist
It's just perfect in every way.
Jill Mansell
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 the joy and pain of first love, fans who fell for bestseller One Day, ten years ago, won't be disappointed.
Sunday Mirror
Affirms once again Nicholls' talent for unearthing the special in the ordinary.
Metro
David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light
Donal Ryan
No one else writes novels that are both relatable and revelatory in the way he does
Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Evening Standard
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
Observer
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
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
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
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
If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls'
Stella
Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls.
John Boyne
Nicholls' literary talents are impressive . . . the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending.
The Sunday Times
A funny, relatable coming-of-age story
The Sun
Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time
Scotsman
He's such a genius. His novels are relatable and recognizable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing.
Nina Stibbe
Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far
i paper
Full of wisdom, poignancy and laughs.
Mail on Sunday
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
Observer
Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love
The Times
Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow reads like a true story.
Clare Mackintosh
Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced.
Graham Norton
This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat.
Stylist
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 is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love
Guardian
If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls'
Stella
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
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
Observer