David Nicholls’ new novel Sweet Sorrow will be published in July 2019.
Sweet Sorrow is the story of one life-changing summer for sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis. Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home, he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around and if he
thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.
Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.
But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and almost require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.
Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the deep, reviving power of friendship and the brief, searing explosion of first love.
David Nicholls’ novels have sold over 8 million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages.