'Us' Author David Nicholls Calls His New Novel 'A Love Story About A Family'

November 4, 2014 2:15 PM

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David Nicholls catapulted to literary fame with his 2009 novel One Day, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, for which Nicholls himself penned the script. He’s recently published his fourth novel, Us, which follows a middle-aged couple, Douglas and Connie, as they take their teenage son on a Grand Tour of Europe before he heads off to university. Douglas also hopes the trip will resuscitate his marriage, as Connie has recently announced she wants to leave him after their son moves out. Nicholls sat down with HuffPost Books to talk about his views on the term “romantic comedy,” our idealized conception of travel, and the challenges of writing a follow-up to a blockbuster.

After One Day was such a runaway success, did you find, when you sat down to write Us, that your expectations or your process were altered or affected in any way? It took me a long time to have the time to concentrate, really. Because One Day came out quite slowly around the world, I spent literally...

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