One Day – David Nicholls

27 July 2018
One Day Book Cover One Day
David Nicholls

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.'

He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.'

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.

So where will they be on this one day next year?

And the year after that? And every year that follows?

If unrequited love is one of the saddest feelings we can ever experience, then imagine how much of a tragedy it is when both feel that their love for the other may not be felt as strongly in return, and the risk of losing everything if you reveal your feelings is too great a risk. David Nicholls provides a very enthralling approach to this scenario by visiting Dex and Emma over a period of 20 years but always on the 15th July.

“What are days for? Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us, time and time over
They are to be happy in: where can we live but days.”

How is it that we can say something for emotional protection that dictates so much in relationships. If only we could go back and remove or change what was said. How confusing is a relationship when behaviour and feelings are at war with our words. David Nicholls weaves this love story through these concepts in a delightful and teasing way. Will they, won’t they.

This is a very touching love story that perhaps releases that whispering in our minds on past decisions we made or the clarity in looking at something from a distance. What if?

Peter Donnelly

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