One Day by David Nicholls was published soon after we opened Mainstreet, it was one of our bestseller in 2009 and became the iconic love story for a generation. Ten years on, we are delighted to be hosting David to talk about his new book, Sweet Sorrow, on Wed 21st August.

He brings us the story of one life-changing summer for sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis. Charlie is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. As the summer stretches before him, his exams have not gone well. At home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way around, and if he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread. Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and although it’s unthinkable, Charlie, despite himself, begins to hope.

David Nicholls says: “I wanted to write about youth in an entirely honest way, the joy and angst, the heart-stopping thrill of first love, the potency of friendship, the worry and misery too.” 


‘Such a beautiful book. Captures perfectly a moment in time we’ve all experienced.’ Graham Norton

Portrait image © Sophia Spring

EVENT DATE: August 2019