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Sweet Sorrow

book | Fiction | Jul 2019
UK → Hodder and Stoughton (Ed. Nick Sayers)
US → Houghton Mifflin Co (Ed. Bruce Nichols)

One life-changing summer Charlie meets Fran...

In 1997, Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don't remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must take on a challenge that could lose him the respect of his friends and 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 tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.



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Reviews

Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced.

Graham Norton

It's just perfect in every way

Jill Mansell

Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls.

John Boyne

Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, SWEET SORROW reads like a true story.

Clare Mackintosh

Few pleasures in life compare to a David Nicholls novel and this is his best yet.’

Donal Ryan

I don't think anyone writing right now captures youth and adolescence better; I'm not sure anyone even gets close.

Jenny Colgan

It's everything a story should be. Beautiful and clear and heartfelt, and it will do what all brilliant stories do: it will find the very pinpoint of who you are and it will stay there.

Joanna Cannon

Adrian Mole meets The Swish Of The Curtain in this lovely coming-of-age romcom about acting and the class divide by the author of bestsellers One Day, Us and Starter For Ten.


Daily Mail

Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love.

Daily Express

Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls’ most mature and compelling novel so far.  

Jude Cook
i paper

Here he proves that he can still pull off that most rare and coveted of literary feats: a popular novel of serious merit, a bestseller that will also endure.

Alex Preston
Observer

Full of the joy and pain of first love, fans who fell for bestseller One Day, 10 years ago, won’t be disappointed.

Sunday Mirror

If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it’s David Nicholls.

STELLA loves

A richly observed, bitterly funny novel about the lingering grip of adolescent love.

Metro

Nicholls tellingly captures the giddy confusion of first love ... a delicious, pensive summer read.

Northern Echo

Sweet Sorrow is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love.

Guardian

Interesting, moving, hilarious, and sad at the same time. 

Scotland on Sunday

Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls’ best book yet.

Daily Mail

The writing [is] an ideal blend of the gently humorous and utterly heartfelt ... bag a copy immediately, because this has got “perfect summer read” smeared all over it.



The Independent

Sweet Sorrow captures all the limitless possibilities of first love.



Sarra Manning
Red Magazine
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