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30/04/2024

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May Book Club: You Are Here

We’re taking a hike with our May Book Club in the loveliest way.  You Are Here by David Nicholls, is a novel of first encounters, second chances and finding the way home.  A beautiful and compelling read about two characters who meet on a coast-to-coast walk in the UK.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel Us, Nicholls is perhaps best known for his international best seller novel One Day, which has recently been adapted into a critically acclaimed Netflix series.

Nicholls has a gift for conversation, and building characters and a beautiful intimacy through tender interactions that are believable, funny, mundane and moving. This ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and to convert everyday conversations into something poetic and meaningful is presented effortlessly in every word of this novel.

You Are Here has a journey at its core, with two lonely protagonists brought together on a hike across the Cumbrian landscape. The English countryside is painted in glorious colour by Nicholls, and readers able to navigate the journey via the maps included in the book, readers will be able to fully immerse themselves in the novel.

This is a love story, but it is never predictable – it is warm, hopeful, fragile, generous and incredibly funny. A gentle and exquisite tale of two souls, who unexpectedly find comfort in each other’s company while doing the at times mundane activity of walking. 

Full of hope about people and love, You Are Here reminds us of the beauty, rawness and power of human emotions and is filled with joy and heartache and all the things that make being alive so precious.

This is a cosy and feel-good novel that is quite simply, the perfect holiday read, so while you are here, read You Are Here.

Synopsis: You Are Here

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 persistent 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? A new love story by beloved bestseller David Nicholls, You Are Here is a novel of first encounters, second chances and finding the way home.

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