Hello and welcome to You Wrote The Book, a book based podcast hosted by Simon Savidge. Each fortnight over the coming months he will be joined by a special guest author to discuss their life as a writer and as a reader, from the current novel they have published to the first book they read and everything in between.
Simon’s special guest for this episode is the author David Nicholls. David’s bestselling first novel, Starter for Ten, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, this was soon followed by The Understudy. David Nicholls’ third novel, One Day, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. It has since gone on to sell over five million copies and has been translated into forty languages. As with the film version of Starter for Ten, David wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of One Day starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, which was released in 2010.
Now David is back with Us, the tale of a tragi-comedy about marriage, parenthood, travel, art and science. Douglas Petersen is woken in the middle of the night and told by his wife, Connie, that she is leaving him. Their teenage son, Albie, is leaving for college in the autumn and she intends to follow suit. The thought of a life alone terrifies Douglas, and he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime, one that will draw the three of them closer, win the respect of his son and make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the ticket bought, the itinerary planned. What could possibly go wrong? Simon caught up with David a few weeks ago to discuss Us, One Day and much more and started by asking him where the idea behind Us came from…
Over the next few episodes Simon will be joined by Sarah Perry and Neel Mukherjee. If you have any questions for the authors, would like to suggest authors you think Simon should be getting on the show, or simply want to have a natter about books, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @youwrotethebook.
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