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Book Club: One Day | David Nicholls


Friendship, Love, Laughter & Loss. Get on board the rollercoaster of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew’s relationship.

From graduation, the pair form a solid friendship, that to many, may be a mismatch of personalities but they compliment each other perfectly.

Dexter is charming and good-looking, but also lazy, arrogant, selfish and deceitful. Emma is more lovable – cleverer and more honest than Dexter, but prone to stroppiness and self-doubt.

Dex makes it in to the world of media after taking time out and travelling. Emma has moved to London to become a writer and ends up working for a Tex-mex food chain. Writing becomes a chore for a while but Emma finds her voice.

This book had me laughing out loud, shouting ‘how could anyone be so silly’ to crying. Each chapter is a snippet of their lives on the same date for 20 years – St Swithins Day (15 July). It’s cleverly written so that you can almost imagine the 364 days in between each chapter.

This isn’t the first time I’ve pulled this book off the shelf and read it. The first was when it was made into a film starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway.

If you’ve not read this book and only watched the film, then pick it up. I couldn’t put it down and I know that this will not be the last time it’s pulled from my shelves, dusted off and read.


What am I planning to read next? This one has been recommended to me by a friend, who also had the book recommended to her (I’m hoping for a good read) Chocolate Girl by Annie Murray.

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