Sunday, 28 June 2009

Book of the Week - David Nicholls, One Day

I have been attending a graduation this week, so a book beginning with a graduation seems an appropriate choice. One Day is the third novel from David Nicholls, an English novelist and screenwriter probably best known for the novel and film "Starter for Ten". It tells the story of Emma and Dexter, who meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. The novel follows each of them on the same date of each succeeding year, telling their stories as their lives develop. The book has been widely reviewed and tipped for success as a bittersweet romantic comedy – it is one of the recommended summer fiction reads in The Times - and clearly has considerable potential as a film. Although just released, it has already been reprinted, and most of the signed copied I have seen have been second printings.

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.'15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.


Alex said...

This has been a very good recommendation! I followed your advice and bought a 1st edition, 1st imprint copy of "One Day" which is still in mint condition. I was wondering if you could give any advice when will be a good time to sell? I know the movie adaptation is on its way. Would that be a good time, or should one wait for a couple of years? Thanks, and keep up the good work!

Trapnel said...

I have been keeping an eye on this book, and have not seen a first edition on sale for several months. As you are probably aware, the movie is scheduled to release later this year. If it is very successful, it would probably boost value, but might also bring more copies onto the market. Value at the moment is a bit of a guess, therefore. I'm holding my copy at present. I would not sell for less than £50, and it might be worth significantly more to someone. One way of testing the market would be to put on ebay with a very high reserve (say £500), which would allow you to get some idea of value. If you decide to sell, I will be very interested to see what price you get.