Everyone has that one summer.
'David Nicholls is that rarest of literary creatures: a genuinely brilliant, genuinely popular novelist.' - Stuart Maconie, in New Statesman's Best Books of 2020
'Triumph ... the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending' The Sunday Times
'Pitch perfect ... Exquisite ... Terrific ... Very funny' Telegraph
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
'The wit and real humour of his other books are here in this lovely rendition of what love is. A great read especially in England over the summer' ***** Reader Review
'What a lovely, beautiful book, full of wistful nostalgia' ***** Reader Review
'I loved this book. I've bought more copies to give to friends and family and will be recommending it to everyone I know who has ever fallen in love' ***** Reader Review
'This is a very special novel, both sad and funny at the same time, with such beautiful writing' ***** Reader Review
'A modern classic' ***** Reader Review Very funny and heart wrenchingly tender. * Grazia * 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 * Observer * This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. * Stylist * He's such a genius. His novels are relatable and recognizable, but also surprising, breath-taking and life-enhancing. -- Nina Stibbe A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception. * Irish Times * Affirms once again Nicholls' talent for unearthing the special in the ordinary. * Metro * Full of the joy and pain of first love, fans who fell for bestseller One Day, ten years ago, won't be disappointed. * Sunday Mirror * A big-hearted book with wonderful set-pieces ... beautifully funny and touching ... his books always seem as fresh as they are wise and funny. * Literary Review * This is Nicholls' talent - what really sets this story apart is the dialogue: funny, telling, laughter-inducing, he's hard to beat. * Stylist * I don't think anyone writing right now captures youth and adolescence better; I'm not sure anyone even gets close. -- Jenny Colgan, author of The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we've all experienced. -- Graham Norton Written with great comic panache and generosity of spirit, it is Nicholls' most mature and compelling novel so far * i paper * Nicholls' literary talents are impressive . . . the sense of nostalgia is visceral and intense, almost time-bending. * The Sunday Times * It's just perfect in every way. -- Jill Mansell Funny, engaging and moving, another triumph from the brilliant David Nicholls. -- John Boyne A compassionate, intelligent look at the raw pain and loneliness of a teenage boy, the everyday miracle of first love and the perennial power of Shakespeare's language * Spectator * Sweet Sorrow
is a funny, affectionate exploration of first love * Guardian * If ever there was an author perfect to take with you on holiday (so to speak), it's David Nicholls' * Stella * Astutely observed, and almost painfully nostalgic, Sweet Sorrow
reads like a true story. -- Clare Mackintosh 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 A master of the bittersweet coming-of-age novel * Herald * Pitch perfect ... Exquisite ... Terrific ... Very funny ... Though Sweet Sorrow
is certainly pulse-quickening enough to absorb readers through this summer's airport delays and rained-off beach days, it's no escapist fantasy. The tale of Charlie and Fran will linger long beyond your tan * Telegraph * Nicholls perfectly captures the dizzying highs and lows of first love * Daily Express * No other writer breaks my heart and then partially bandages it back together quite like Nicholls does. Sweet Sorrow
is an absolute must-read * Sheerluxe * Adrian Mole meets The Swish Of The Curtain in this lovely coming-of-age romcom about acting and the class divide * Daily Mail * Full of wisdom, poignancy and laughs. * Mail on Sunday * Interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time * Scotsman * A funny, relatable coming-of-age story * The Sun * A superbly written, beautifully observed account of teenage life, love, family dysfunction and friendship, which builds to a stunningly poignant ending * Heat * A classic coming of age novel with universal truths teased out with remarkable perception * Irish Times * No one else writes novels that are both relatable and revelatory in the way he does -- Alex Peake-Tomkinson, Evening Standard A delicious, pensive summer read * Press Association * Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet * Daily Mirror * Once again, he has pulled off that "most rare and coveted of literary feats": a popular novel that will also endure. * The Week * Sweet Sorrow
manages to be interesting, moving, hilarious and sad at the same time. I know when my heartstrings are being pulled, but tugged they assuredly were * Scotland on Sunday * Piercingly observant, gloriously funny and achingly sad, this is David Nicholls' best book yet * Daily Mirror * A glorious escape to the sunlit uplands of the 1990s, where a teenager first finds love * Financial Times * Praise for David Nicholls * - * Nicholls's gift is character. There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . sad funny, soulful * Observer * David has a sublime talent for illuminating the murky causeway that most of us have to navigate between darkness and light -- Donal Ryan Nicholls writes with such tender precision about love * The Times * Funny and nostalgic tale of first love * The Sydney Morning Herald * Eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint * BookBrunch * Capturing nostalgia for long endless summers as well as for the strangeness that is friendships among those cast together in a play... a beautiful coming of age story * The AU Review * I'm not sure there has ever been a better book to read while by the sea. The nostalgia, the humour, the deep understanding of adolescent love and indeed the sorrow. It's such a brilliant book. * i News * A witty and tender evocation of young love * Robert Webb, The Guardian * A devastatingly honest exploration of first love, razor-sharp reflections on friendship - oh, and some snort out loud funny moments * George Aligiah, The Guardian * David Nicholls is that rarest of literary creatures: a genuinely brilliant, genuinely popular novelist. His latest, Sweet Sorrow
(Hodder & Stoughton), is more than just poignant and warm and funny. There are piercing apercus and writing that's both precise and poetic, lyrical and tough * Stuart Maconie, in New Statesman's Best Books of 2020 * If ever there was an au