Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls
One Day by David Nicholls
One Day follows the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, and we get to meet them for one day every year – on July 15 – for twenty years. We first meet them when they are in bed together on the night of their university graduation. Their one night stand turns into an enduring friendship, admittedly at times edged with sexual tension, as they both go off in different directions in their lives. Emma is very booky and tries her luck with the theatre, before getting stuck waitressing. Dexter is a bit of a lad, handsome and extremely easy going, and he ends up travelling and then working in television.
This is a wonderful book, and Emma and Dexter emerge as characters who we have all met somewhere in our lives and can relate to. This is a book that explores all the highs and lows of life and how it is easy to go off course with a bad job or bad relationship. It’s written in a feel-good way that is charming but engaging. This is one of my favourite books and David Nicholls has produced a novel that is witty and wise, and a truly enjoyable read.