David Nicholls: You Are Here
David Nicholls is one of the best – and most beloved – writers in the English language, a master storyteller who can be laugh-out-loud funny and devastatingly moving on the same page. It’s twenty years since his debut novel Starter for Ten became a cult bestseller, nearly fifteen years since his novel One Day became an international publishing phenomenon and the iconic love story for a generation, and nine years since Us took him to the Man Booker Prize longlist.
We are delighted to welcome David back to Penarth to celebrate the publication of his highly anticipated new novel, You Are Here.
It’s a love story which unfolds on a walk across the north of England; ten days through the Lakes, the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s the story of two lonely people, Michael and Marnie, both a little lost and wary of new company. But, over many miles, as they start to talk and share stories, the possibility of a new beginning opens up before them.
You Are Here is David Nicholls at his very best: witty, unexpected, thoughtful, perfectly attuned to the motions of the human heart – and written in effortless, stunning prose. It is a novel of first encounters, second chances and finding the way home…
Marnie is stuck. Stuck working alone in her London flat, stuck battling the long afternoons and a life that increasingly feels like it’s passing her by. Michael is coming undone. Reeling from his wife’s departure, increasingly reclusive, taking himself on long, solitary walks across the moors and fells. When a mutual friend and some very English weather conspire to bring them together, Marnie and Michael suddenly find themselves alone on the most epic of walks and on the precipice of a new friendship. But can it survive the journey?