You Are Here: A Novel

You Are Here: A Novel

by David Nicholls

Narrated by Lee Ingleby, Lydia Leonard

Unabridged — 8 hours, 27 minutes

You Are Here: A Novel

You Are Here: A Novel

by David Nicholls

Narrated by Lee Ingleby, Lydia Leonard

Unabridged — 8 hours, 27 minutes

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Notes From Your Bookseller

While an unexpected ten-day hike might not sound like the start of a life-changing romance, you'll be packing your bags as soon as you start reading You Are Here. P.S. Like all of you, we're hooked on the Netflix series One Day, and we know what you're thinking: keep the tissues close. But this is a laugh-out-loud charmer.

THE INSTANT #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A*Good Housekeeping*""Book We're Most Looking Forward To"" * An*Independent Today*""Best Fiction Books to Read"" * A*GQ Magazine (UK)*""Best Book of 2024""** A*Harper's Bazaar (UK)*""Best Novels to Read"" * A*Daily Record*""Best Novel""

""Captivating [and] flawless...An affectingly hard-won romance. [Michael is] a sturdy and slyly amusing authority figure, ... flailing amid the debris of a loving marriage gone sour. Marnie is a compulsively witty, winningly cranky near-agoraphobe...Both protagonists are prickly, smart and desperately yearning, but utterly guarded for understandably good reasons. Nicholls builds his own erotic and at times wrenchingly emotional suspense as the would-be lovers reveal past mishaps and surrendered dreams... As in the best romances, we cherish Michael's and Marnie's difficult personalities, and relish the unlikely process that might bring them together. The novel is sharp-tongued and irresistible.""*- New York Times Book Review

""I finished this novel in two breathless sittings, as invested in its outcome as I would be in*the happiness of a friend. This is the magic of You Are Here: warm, generous and funny, it invites readers into the world of Marnie and Michael with the promise that everyone is welcome, and that choosing happiness and being courageous in any small way we can is always possible. I loved this book."" - Kaliane*Bradley, author of The Ministry of Time

From the internationally bestselling and Booker Prize-longlisted author of*One Day, one of the most enduring love stories of its generation, comes an uplifting and unputdownable love story about second chances.

Sometimes you need to get lost to find your way . . .

Michael is coming undone. Adrift after his wife's departure, he has begun taking himself on long, solitary walks across the English countryside. Becoming ever more reclusive, he'll do anything to avoid his empty house.

Marnie, on the other hand, is stuck. Hiding alone in her London flat, she avoids old friends and any reminders of her rotten, selfish ex-husband. Curled up with a good book, she's battling the long afternoons of a life that feels like it's passing her by.

When a persistent mutual friend and some very unpredictable weather conspire to toss Michael and Marnie together on the most epic of ten-day hikes, neither of them can think of anything worse. Until, of course, they discover exactly what they've been looking for.

Michael and Marnie are on the precipice of a bright future . . . if they can survive the journey.

A hilarious, hopeful, and heartwarming love story-the novel beloved New York Times bestselling author David Nicholls calls “my funniest book yet”-You Are Here*is a bittersweet and hopeful story of first encounters, second chances, and finding the way home.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

04/01/2024

Two lonely strangers meet while hiking England’s Coast to Coast Walk in the witty latest from Nicholls (Sweet Sorrow). Marnie Walsh, 38, has been wiling away her days as a freelance copy editor, working out of her one-bedroom London flat. Over the years, her friends have started families and left town, but she hasn’t had a relationship since her divorce a decade earlier. Michael Bradshaw, a 42-year-old geography teacher from York, likes being alone, though he finds it hard spending time at home ever since his wife Natasha left him nine months earlier. On weekends, he sets out on long, strenuous hikes. Marnie’s and Michael’s stories converge when a mutual friend invites the two to join a three-day walk on the fells with stays at inns along the way. The two are left alone together by the second day, after the others quit due to heavy rain. While hiking, they develop an easy rapport. Marnie shares why her marriage failed, and Michael divulges that he and his wife were unable to have kids. Marnie is excited to have the time alone with Michael, though unbeknownst to her, he’s planning to meet his ex-wife at a point farther along the trail. Nicholls’s story unfolds rather predictably, but the terrain, the elements his protagonists face, and their engaging banter save the day. Fans of the author’s previous books will get just what they came for. Agent: Grainne Fox, UTA. (June)

From the Publisher

A New York Times "Book We Recommend This Week" * An Amazon "Top 10 Best of the Month" pick * An Oprah Daily " Best Summer Book to Read on Vacation" * An Independent Today "Best Fiction Books to Read" * A GQ Magazine (UK) "Best Book of 2024" * A Harpers Bazaar (UK) "Best Novels to Read" * A Daily Record "Best Novel" * A Good Housekeeping "Book We're Most Looking Forward To"

"Releasing in tandem with a renewed interest in Nicholls' blockbuster One Day, which has been newly adapted for Netflix, this book is sure to fill up hold lists." — Booklist (starred review)

"If you’re still scrubbing mascara stains from your pillowcase after the finale of Netflix’s One Day adaptation, we’ve got great news: The author’s latest romance—which pairs two seemingly mismatched divorced lovebirds on a begrudging backpacking trip across northern England—is the perfect palate cleanser, delivering Nicholls’s signature cocktail of slow-burn romance and quick-witted dialogue, but without all the gut-wrenching pain. But let’s be clear: This book has heart. Marnie and Michael’s earnest fumbling at second-chance love reveals both their particular vulnerabilities and our shared potential to move, under the weight of all our baggage, toward bright new horizons." — Oprah Daily

"The genius who gave us One Day has written another classic and funny love story, set on a ten-day hike. You breeze along and get caught up in it like a leaf in the wind. Witty and joyous." — Matt Haig, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library

"What a rare find this is! Beautiful writing and authentic characters supported by a dry and honest wit. I loved it" — Bonnie Garmus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry 

"A romantic, funny, hopeful story of what it is to lose and keep faith in love. The characters became my friends in an instant and I enjoyed every moment spent with them." — Dolly Alderton, New York Times bestselling author of Good Material

"Any love story by David Nicholls is a treat, but this one is especially tender, wise and joyful. I inhaled it." — Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

"Brilliant: just perfect and exquisitely written. Every page is a delight" — Jill Mansell, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of Promise Me

"A witty, touching love story. The writing is magnificent: taut and vivid. I was so happy while I was reading it and now I’m bereft. Gorgeous" — Marian Keyes, internationally bestselling author of Rachel's Holiday

"Pure and utter delight! You Are Here is a fun, poignant post-pandemic romantic comedy that takes us across the hills and moors of northern England, grapples with loss—of people, of direction—and reminds us vividly and viscerally what it feels like to fall in love."  — Lily King, National Bestselling author of Euphoria

"Given the witty dialogue and sublime natural settings (think Wordsworth and Brontë), it’s not hard to imagine this as another of Nicholls’ big-screen adaptations, like One Day. A relatable and satisfyingly realistic love story to cure any lingering lockdown blues." — Kirkus Reviews

"A ridiculously satisfying book about hope and second chances" — Real Simple

"Fans of the author’s previous books will get just what they came for." — Publishers Weekly

"A stunning, funny, frank and beautiful look at loneliness, friendship, and the risks taken to love and be loved. In a career of standout books, You Are Here takes its place at the top. David Nicholls is my favorite writer." — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin At The End

"Nicholls' best book ever, which, given he wrote Starter for Ten, Us, and One Day, is saying something." — Caitlin Moran, New York Times bestselling author of What About Men?

"A beautiful book. Nicholls perfectly judges the balance between humor and pathos. I was often on the verge of tears even when I was laughing." — Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author of A Single Thread

Oh this book! What’s better than rooting for two shy, once-burned characters to recognize that love is within reach? I stopped often to reread and savor its sparkling, wry sentences. You Are Here is both up-to-the-minute and old-fashioned in the best way: sharp, yet so very kind, funny, and bittersweet." — Elinor Lipman, bestselling author of Ms. Demeanor

"Nicholls wears his formidable intelligence so generously and so lightly that you scarcely notice the skill it takes to write a book like this: a story at once passionately funny and richly human. You Are Here is gorgeously witty and joyful, kind and sad: a book you do not want to be away from."
Katherine Rundell, Sunday Times bestselling author of Super-Infinite

"I loved this book. A story about loneliness and the beginnings of love, with the backdrop of England’s lakes and fells and relentlessly changeable weather. As a read it is warm, unsentimental, hilarious and SO acutely observed. Nicholls has given us a masterclass in writing. I want to buy it for all my friends" — Annie Macmanus, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mess We’re In

"David Nicholls is at the peak of his considerable powers – You Are Here is not only packed with the delicious observations, profound truths and moving encounters we expect of him, it’s the funniest thing he has written. Even if it was twice the length, it would have finished too soon" — Sathnam Sanghera, internationally bestselling author of Empireland

"You Are Here is a gorgeous, grown-up love story. I fell for Marnie and Michael hard and fast – this book is honest, raw, yet profoundly hopeful. This is the work of a writer at the peak of his enormous powers – it’s one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read, and one of the funniest. A future classic" — Daisy Buchanan, author of Insatiable

"You Are Here is David Nicholls’ funniest, warmest and most addictive novel yet. Perfect" — Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

"David is the laureate of the modern love novel, and this is his best yet" — John Niven, author of O Brother

"You Are Here encompasses all of David Nicholls’ characteristic warmth, humor and observational insight. But it also asks fundamental questions of life, love and loneliness in such a beautifully delicate way that you don’t even realize it’s happening or that the fundamental truth of human happiness has been staring you in the face all along. I don’t know how he does it, but he does and he’s the only person who can." — Elizabeth Day, author of Friendaholic

"I spent a lot of the weekend getting angry when people wanted to interrupt my reading because I was racing to finish You Are Here....(Marnie and Michael) are two characters I will carry in my heart for a long time....Any age can read it, but if you are over forty, you will love even more this beautiful, moving & funny tale of second chances." — Georgina Moore, author of The Garnett Girls

"I devoured this book....It's a lovely, uplifting, at times, laugh out loud novel about love and finding a proper connection in the most unexpected places. Put it on your 'To Read in 2024' list." — Sophie Raworth,  journalist, newsreader and broadcaster working for the BBC

"David Nicholls is a wonderfully gifted writer. His trademark wit and sensitivity bring light and life to his characters, allowing him to explore difficult subject matter with an admirable lightness of touch." — Okechukwu Nzelu, author of Here Again Now

"David Nicholls is one of the best writers at chronicling the way annoyance and resentment are often irretrievably mixed with love and empathy. This is a love story but never predictable – Nicholls stays one step ahead of the reader in the sharpest, funniest way. If you’re looking for a great comic novel, You Are Here"Katherine Heiny, author of Games and Rituals

"I finished this novel in two breathless sittings, as invested in its outcome as I would be in the happiness of a friend. This is the magic of You Are Here: warm, generous and funny, it invites readers into the world of Marnie and Michael with the promise that everyone is welcome, and that choosing happiness and being courageous in any small way we can is always possible. I loved this book." — KA Bradley, author of The Ministry of Time

“You Are Here is everything I hope for from a David Nicholls novel: beautifully observed, very funny, a little heartbreaking, and at its core, full of hope about people and love.” — Monica Heisey, author of Really Good, Actually

“What a beautiful, beautiful novel, sensitive, witty, and brilliantly insightful and kind about us messy, stupid humans. I loved every single step of it. I will miss it now that I'm finished and I know that it will be one of those rare novels that will dwell in my memory and my heart”  — Donal Ryan, author of The Queen of Dirt Island

“A lovely book.” — Nigella Lawson, author of Cook, Eat, Repeat

“With the long-awaited TV adaptation of One Day landing in February, David Nicholls’ name is already on everyone’s lips, but his new novel is about to take book clubs, commutes and bedside tables by storm… Witty and moving at the same time, it’s a figurative and literal journey that might even have you hunting for your walking boots.” — GQ Magazine (UK)

"Nicholls's knack for warm characters, funny dialogue and superb scene-setting is as spot-on as ever. You'll want to pull on your hiking boots at the first opportunity" — Daily Mail (UK)

"A shrewd observer of modern life and love" — i Newspaper

"The Remains of the Day crossed with Michael Winterbottom's The Trip, only with more Gore-Tex,You Are Here is a triumph, a real gift of a novel, and it deserves to join One Day on the bestseller charts immediately" — Sunday Times (London)

"A great comic novel" — Observer

"Irresistible feel of a classic romance" — Mail on Sunday

Kirkus Reviews

2024-04-19
Two solitary adults take the plunge into postpandemic socialization to quell their growing discomfort from loneliness.

Marnie Walsh, a 38-year-old London copy editor, embraces the fact that she has more control over her time than her friends with spouses and children do—but she starts to question the appeal of her lifestyle when an autogenerated year-in-review photo compilation reveals only “her oven light-bulb, a recipe for hearty lentil soup, a close-up of an ingrowing hair…all accompanied by Carole King’s ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’” Marnie’s most steadfast friend, Cleo Fraser, is eager to capitalize on Marnie’s recent self-awareness and invites her on a trip to the northern countryside. This is much to the dismay of Cleo’s colleague, geography teacher Michael Bradshaw, who had planned this walk across northern England from west coast to east as a solo undertaking. Michael is just as lonely as Marnie but even more depressed. While Marnie’s coping mechanism is a Bridget Jonesian style of self-deprecating humor, Michael’s is to walk the countryside until numbness sets in. Cleo’s intention is to bring a group of singleton friends together, but given Michael’s recent, painful separation from his wife, “trying to picture himself on a date now was like trying to imagine himself bungee-jumping, theoretically possible but under what circumstances?” As Michael and Marnie walk together, they begin to banter, and the fresh air and copious pints at trailside pubs revive long-buried versions of themselves. Like their arduous walk, this love story isn’t glamorous or fast-paced but it’s worth the mileage. Given the witty dialogue and sublime natural settings (think Wordsworth and Brontë), it’s not hard to imagine this as another of Nicholls’ big-screen adaptations, like One Day (2009).

A relatable and satisfyingly realistic love story to cure any lingering lockdown blues.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160190174
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 200,022
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