The One Day Bandwagon
by Charlotte Reads Classics
One Day, David Nicholls
… But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.
I have just finished reading this and I feel all at sea! One Day takes two people (Emma and Dexter) who meet on the last night of University in 1988. Their night together – on the 15th July – becomes a kind of anniversary, as the books skips ahead from year to year, but solely this single day. David Nicholls has created a brilliant concept: how do we know which days are going to be the day? What makes the book so very readable is that as soon as you’ve caught up with (what feels like) two people you know incredibly well, and something is about to happen – you jump to one year later where the things that once were important no longer are, and there is a whole mess of new stuff to concern yourself with.
I started this book yesterday, and have resented every moment since that I haven’t been reading! I love books that grab your attention like that – they are a rare and exquisite treat. And it has been a refreshing change for me to read some modern quintessentially British writing: think Nick Hornby, Jonathan Coe or even Ben Elton in a real labour years twenty-something-cum-middle-aged scene.
Highly recommend this.
Side note: There is no way I’m going to ever watch Anne Hathaway try to pull this off.