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.