About the Author ( as seen on Amazon)
David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me and I Saw You as well as a much- praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess Of The D’urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for films and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.
David’s bestselling first novel, STARTER FOR TEN, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both STARTER FOR TEN (released in 2006 starring James McAvoy ) and THE UNDERSTUDY ( not yet released )
David Nicholls’ third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies and has been translated into thirty-seven languages. ONE DAY won the Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David wrote the screenplay for Lone Scherfig’s film adaptation starring Jim Sturgess and Ann Hathaway,which was released in 2010.
David’s fourth novel US, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction 2014.
ISBN: Paperback 978-0-340-897010
Provider of copy: Brought by me
Blurb ( as seen on the back cover)
Douglas and Connie: Scientist and artist, and for more than twenty years, husband and wife- until suddenly, their marriage seems over.
But Douglas is going to win back the love of his wife and the respect of Albie, their teenage son, by organising the holiday of a lifetime.
He has booked the hotels, bought the train tickets, planned and printed the itinerary for a ‘ grand tour’ of the great art galleries of Europe.
What could possibly go wrong?
Oh my what a striking red cover, this is the title is written in silver which gives it a shiny look. It’s simple but very affective. It certainly help make my decision to pick this book up to buy!
If you are familiar with Davids other work; such as ONE DAY and THE UNDERSTUDY which I have read and really enjoyed immensely. He writes from a gentle mans point of view; which I find really refreshing to read.
In the beginning of this book I felt so sorry for poor Douglas a scientist, when his wife tells him she isn’t sure they have a marriage anymore. Connie his wife is an artist and their so Albie is also a creative soul. Albie is 17 years old and really into his photography. Connie and Albie have a close relationship which seems to leave Douglas out in the cold. He want to bring the family together and he arranges for the three of them to go on a trip ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe before Albie goes off to study. Douglas came across as having quite old fashioned way’s which shapes his and Albie’s lack of knowing each other.
The tour really doesn’t go well. Albie has enough of his parents tense atmosphere and decides he want;s to go on alone and see things he want’s and not what his father wants. Connie goes home but Douglas wants to put things right with his son and bring him home in the hope Connie might reconsider her decision to end their marriage. But does he find Albie? and will Connie reconsider
David Nicholls has really packed in a wide range of emotions, I found myself giggling in parts and sad in others. This very much made the story seem true to life, ‘gotta take the rough with the smooth’ doesn’t the saying goes? I enjoyed the narrative in which it was written, as I said earlier its quit refreshing!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives Us by David Nicholls 4 sparkly stars