Book Title: One Day
Author: David Nicholls
‘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 Morley and Dexter Mayhew 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 which follows?
One Day is a funny/sad love story spanning twenty years, a book about growing up – how we change, how we stay the same.
‘One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. It’s also, with its subtly political focus on changing habits and mores, the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What A Carve Up. – John O’Connell, The Times.
‘The funniest, loveliest book I’ve read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life. I lived every page.’ – Jenny Colgan.
‘A brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are…the best weird love story since The Time Traveller’s Wife’ – Tony Parsons.
In June, July and August of 2010 we travelled between London, Paris, Edinburgh and Brittany, making our film version of One Day. Lone Scherfig directed, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess played Emma and Dexter, and a wonderful cast, including Jodie Whittaker, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall, Ken Stott, and Patricia Clarkson, played the other roles.
At time of writing, the movie is still in the final stages of post-production, but will be released in July 2011 in the US, August and September elsewhere . It's not a slavishly faithful adaptation - the eight-hour version of One Day will have to wait - but I hope we've stayed true to the tone and spirit of the book, and I hope you enjoy the movie.