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Man Booker Prize, 2014

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444709193

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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?


[A] compulsively readable, formally inventive, extremely funny yet achingly melancholy love story.
Andrew Billen, The Times
[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.
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
[Nicholls'] superior brand of romantic comedy, shot through with dark shards of truth, gets under the skin.
Rachel Hore, Independent on Sunday
A clever and likable novel that deserves its likely success.
Literary Review
A spectacularly well observed, funny and often heartbreaking account of the difficulties of marriage and parenting.
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
An emotive romantic comedy, ingeniously structured.
Evening Standard
As many emotions as air miles
Damian Barr, Observer
Beautiful, funny and brilliant.
Dan Stevens
For those who loved One Day, the author's latest is another heart-grabber about discovering what makes us happy and learning to let go.
Library Journal
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
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 The Spinning Heart
I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.
Jojo Moyes
Imparts much truth and wisdom about marriage and fatherhood.
Rachel Hore, Independent
In his picaresque fourth novel, Nicholls artfully unveils 25 years of a couple's relationship . . . 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. Though the narration is self-conscious at first, it gradually settles into a voice that is wistful, wry, bewildered and incisive, drawing a portrait of a man who has been out of his league for a long time. Evocative of its European locales-London, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Madrid-and awkward family vacations everywhere, this is a funny and moving novel perfect for a long journey.
Kirkus (starred review)
It's funny, moving and, of course, wonderfully written.
Moments of insight, observation and charm.
Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times
Never has a book about the end of a love affair been so heart-rendingly romantic and bittersweet. Rich in pathos, humour and steeped in the wisdom of maturity, this compulsively readable story deserves to be as much of a smash as One Day.
Sunday Mirror
Nicholls' greatest gift as a novelist is pages of idiosyncratic, witty dialogue that is a joy to read, at the same time as deftly evoking character and place.
Daily Express
Nicholls has raised his game. this is a grownup book, and one deserving of its Man Booker longlisting. 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 . . . a sad funny, soulful joy of a book.
Matt Haig, Observer
Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love, this time about a type of relationship often neglected as unsexy - the long-married couple. Yet greater longevity, female economic independence and the baby-boomer sense of entitlement to perpetual happiness has led to a spike in fiftysomething divorces. Long marriages are no longer seen as becalmed seas, albeit with chilly, hidden depths, but in as constant flux as younger partnerships. Nicholls has demographics on his side, along with his wry, plaintive but ever hopeful words.
Janice Turner, The Times
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 . . . this frank exploration of some of the unromantic realities of marriage and growing old that makes this book moving and thought-provoking.
Rory Dunlop, Spectator
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. 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.
Daily Mail
US is a perfect book.
US reflects the more mature concerns of middle age, parenthood, and finding a way to knit together the damage the march of time does to a romantic relationship, once so new, so full of promise and so unexpectedly transformative . . . 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.
Daily Telegraph
Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.
S J Watson
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, The Sunday Times
I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.
Jojo Moyes
Even better than One Day.
The Times
The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive.
Good Housekeeping
I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon.
Mail on Sunday
US is a perfect book.
This very funny, wise and bittersweet novel was in my view even more enjoyable than Nicholls' previous bestseller One Day.
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.
David Nicholls is one of those authors critics seem to underrate. Possibly because his novels always spend a long time on the bestseller lists. But 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, The Guardian
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
Bittersweet, beautifully rendered
Sydney Morning Herald