You Are Here: A Novel (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

David Nicholls is the bestselling author of Starter for Ten; The Understudy; One Day; Us, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction; Sweet Sorrow; and You Are Here. He is also a screenwriter who has also written adaptations of Far from the Madding Crowd, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Great Expectations, as well as 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. Nicholls is also the Executive Producer and a contributing screenwriter on a new Netflix adaptation of One Day.

Praise For…

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"

"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

"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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063394056
ISBN-10: 0063394057
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English