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David Nicholls

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Linghams Booksellers are thrilled to present David Nicholls, who will be talking to us about his new novel, Sweet Sorrow.

David Nicholls is one of Britain's most successful writers with an incomparable talent for making us laugh, cry and wince with recognition. It’s ten years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation.

David is also one of our most talented and sought-after screenwriters. Patrick Melrose, his recent adaptation from the novels by Edward St Aubyn, was loved by critics and viewers alike and won him a BAFTA for best writer and an Emmy nomination. David’s novels have sold over 8 million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages

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 says: “I wanted to write about youth in an entirely honest way, the joy and angst, the heartstopping thrill of first love, the potency of friendship, the worry and misery too. Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about a very particular time, a turning point in the life of an unremarkable young man who is suddenly offered an opportunity to change his fortunes. The hope, I suppose, is that the reader will turn the pages and think, ‘yes, I remember exactly what that felt like’.”

David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten, The Understudy, One Day and Us. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim and became a no 1 Sunday Times bestseller, winning the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David was named Author of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards after his fourth novel, Us, was another no 1 bestseller and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

David’s first screenwriting break came when he wrote for the third series of Cold Feet. Highlights since then have included adapting Far From the Madding Crowd and Great Expectations and his own first novels Starter for Ten and One Day into feature films. His most recent screenwork was Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which he adapted from the novels by Edward St Aubyn.

The talk and signing will take place at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa, doors open at 12.30 for a 1PM start.

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