In conversation with David Nicholls

Friday 12 July, 6 for 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Pantry Restaurant, floor 3

Join us for this rare opportunity to spend an evening with David Nicholls, author of the multi-million copy bestseller One Day,
as he discusses his first novel in five years, 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. We welcome David to Jarrold, fresh from his win at this year’s BAFTAs, to discuss Sweet Sorrow, a deeply evocative novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood. It is 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 will also be taking audience questions and signing books after the event.

Single ticket - £23 admits one person and includes a copy of the book, plus a glass of wine
Couple ticket - £28 admits two people and includes one copy of the book, plus a glass of wine each

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About the author

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 Nicholls says: “I wanted to write about youth in an entirely honest way, the joy and angst, the heart-stopping 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’.”


About the book

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.