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Happy Ever After?

On September 18, 2014

Remember One Day, the bestselling novel by David Nicholls published in 2009 to high acclaim? It was swiftly followed by the film adaptation in 2011, which Nicholls also wrote, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Although it has been five years since his last published novel, Nicholls has been far from idol. His passion for the classics has revealed itself in his adaptation of Great Expectations (Charles Dickens), starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, garnering him a nomination for a BAFTA. He previously wrote the screenplay for Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) starring Gemma Arteton and Eddie Redmayne, and Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy), starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen, which is due for release in 2015. But it is his contemporary work he is best known and Us, his upcoming novel, fits well into this category. Already longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the release of this book comes with great expectations from David Nicholls fans.

Us is a bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. 'I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.' 'Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?' 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?

Us is released on 30 September.

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