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Surely I can't be the only BGOer to be reading this? It is David Nicholls first novel since One Day, which I loved, so I had high hopes for this, and I really enjoyed it. Douglas, a biochemist not unlike a more believable Don from The Rosie Project, has been married to artist Connie for more than 20 years when she announces out of the blue that she thinks they should separate. They have a big family holiday planned, a Grand Tour of Europe with their son Albie before he starts college, and she agrees to defer a decision until they get back. Douglas is devoted to his wife and decides to save his
I initially was going to just buy this book for a friend's birthday after browsing for recently published books with good reviews on Amazon. However, the comments were so positive and the cover so appealing I dropped a copy in my shopping cart for myself and I'm really glad I did. Essentially the book covers the relationship between Emma and Dexter, who meet on their graduation day. Each chapter revisits them wherever they are on the same day for the next twenty years. I've not read Nicholl's other novel, 'Starter for Ten', but had seen the film because the lovely James McAvoy was in it. Tho
I finished this on audiobook on New Year's Eve. I had pretty low expectations of it, having listened to Nicholls' follow up "The Understudy" in 2006 and thinking it easygoing fluff but nothing more. This is much the superior novel. It's still pretty lightweight, but it had moments where events made me cringe, which is the sort of emotional connection I don't make with every book. Brian Jackson, the narrator, did remind me of Adrian Mole rather too strongly as a comic creation, especially in his pining for the Pandora-like Alice Harbinson and it is pinpoint accurate in its recreat