Published 23rd April 2024.
- Signed by David Nicholls
- With an exclusive letter from the author in the front of the book
- ‘Independent Bookshop Edition’ printed on the front cover.
Also coming soon is a major new Netflix adaptation of Nicholls’ modern classic, One Day, executive-produced by Nicholls and starring Ambika Mod (This is Going to Hurt) and Leo Woodall (White Lotus).
A love story of first encounters, second chances and finding the way home, YOU ARE HERE follows Marnie and Michael, two lost souls looking for a new lease on life.
Federico Andornino, Sceptre Executive Publisher, says: ‘David Nicholls is one of the best – and most beloved – writers in the English language, a master storyteller who somehow manages to be laugh-out-loud funny and devastatingly moving on the same page. You Are Here is Nicholls at his very best: witty, unexpected, thoughtful, perfectly attuned to the motions of the human heart – and written in effortless, stunning prose. It’s a real honour (and a dream come true) to be working with him and to welcome him to the Sceptre list.’
David Nicholls says: ‘You Are Here is a love story in a classic style, a chamber piece that happens to take place on an epic journey from the west to east coast through the Lakes, the Dales and the Moors. It is, I hope, funny and touching, shifting between moods like the burgeoning friendship between Marnie and Michael. I’ve always loved writing dialogue and this book is all about conversation; how do we get to know another person, and perhaps fall in love with them? How does the public persona differ from the private story? What do we reveal and what do we hold back? It’s also a chance for me to write about something I love, the joy – and the occasional misery – of walking, both alone and in company.
You Are Here is also a novel about change and new beginnings and so it seems apt that I get the opportunity to renew my partnership with Hodder & Stoughton by starting a new journey with Sceptre.
This one has been a real pleasure to write, and I hope that comes across on the page.’
Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown Group CEO, says: ‘David’s new novel has all the Nicholls elements that his readers will love – funny, warm, wise – but this may be his most beautifully written and observed work thus far. And I am delighted to see Federico Andornino pick up the mantle from Nick Sayers and to see David start a new chapter of his career with Sceptre and Hodder.’
David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten, The Understudy, One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow. One Day was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim: translated into 40 languages, it became a global bestseller, selling millions of copies worldwide. His fourth novel, Us, was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
On screen, David has written adaptations of Far from the Madding Crowd, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Great Expectations, as well as of his own novels, Starter for Ten, One Day and Us. His adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was nominated for an Emmy and won him a BAFTA for best writer.
A new Netflix adaptation of One Day – executive-produced by Nicholls – will be released in 2024.