Us by David Nicholls - October book of the month
Currently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, reading David Nicholls' highly-anticipated new book Us is like flipping his phenomenally successful previous novel One Day around, and viewing it from the opposite end of a telescope.
Douglas and Connie are at the (possible) end of their marriage. It was always an unlikely match: the biochemist with his Billy Joel records and the East End dwelling artist. They embark on a European Grand Tour along with their teenage son Albie, in a last ditch attempt to be together as a family. As they criss-cross from Paris to Amsterdam, Munich to Venice, Douglas desperately hopes to win back the love of his wife and the respect of his son, whilst ruminating on the years gone by.
Nicholls' exceptional talent for observational comedy is present on every page, whether it is nailing the fashion for ironically bad-taste interiors or the confusion we feel when presented with supposedly Great Art. He is particularly good at referencing the zeitgeist of a certain age, and also at the kind of snappy dialogue you usually find on hit TV sitcoms like Modern Family.
Us is an entirely enjoyable treat: warm, funny and well-crafted.
About the author
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 an adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. 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 his third novel, One Day, 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 37 languages. David wrote the screenplays for the films of two of his novels, as well as the recent Great Expectations adaptation starring Ralph Fiennes.
Find a full biography and a list of David's favourite books and films on his website.
We are delighted that David will be joining us on Thursday 6 November, 9-10pm to discuss Us, his previous novels and his writing life. Please feel free to discuss the book here throughout the month, pop up any advance questions and we will look forward to hearing your thoughts soon.
Watch David Nicholls read an extract from his new book Us, in which his hapless hero Douglas tries in vain to impress his son at the school quiz.
The bookgiveaway is now closed. Do buy a copy of Us and join us for the webchat with David Nicholls on 4 November.
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