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Author: David Nicholls Narrator: David Haig Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780062368492
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Now a PBS Masterpiece television miniseries starring Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves

“I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.” — Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You 

David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.

Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger. It is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.”

    Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One

  • “Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.”

    S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep

  • “The bestselling author of One Day…is back with another crowd pleaser, this time about a man trying to save his collapsing marriage and connect with his teenage son during a family tour of Europe.”


  • “Nicholls is a deft craftsman, a skilled storyteller, and a keen observer of contemporary mores.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A thoughtful, funny, authentic story…[with] pitch-perfect dialogue and seamless action…This is the kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. How often does a reader get to feel that?”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A smartly optimistic romantic comedy that uses angst and humor to illuminate the resilience of the human heart… Part requiem, part reboot, Douglas’s…efforts to preserve his disintegrating family take him on another kind of journey, too, from despair to unexpected joy.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “It’s a great combination of laughs and heart.”


  • “A great novel…Nicholls is a master of nuanced relationships. He’s also a pro at delivering a tight, clever structural narrative.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Nicholls is a delightfully funny writer…and this over-planned vacation makes ripe material for comedy…Us evolves into a poignant consideration of how a marriage ages, how parents mess up, and what survives despite all those challenges.”

    Washington Post

  • “British actor David Haig perfectly portrays the bumbling, good-hearted Douglas Petersen…Haig’s spot-on timing makes the humor pop, and his sympathetic performance connects listeners to Douglas’ moments of despair and frustration, especially when he’s trying to communicate with his son. Haig’s portrayal of a straitlaced middle-aged scientist who is trying to fit in with his artistic, laid-back family is flawless, and listeners will be impressed with his ability to seamlessly transition among the characters, capturing each one’s personality. This bittersweet comedy of errors and self-discovery is destined to be one of the most talked about audiobooks of the year. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. A finalist for the 2015 Audie Award.”


  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
  • A BookPage Top Pick for Fiction in November 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2014
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for Fall 2014
  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration
  • Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A November 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

David Nicholls is one of England’s most highly respected and praised television writers. His credits include Bravo’s Cold Feet, I Saw You, and Rescue Me, which he also created. In addition, he cowrote the film Simpatico.

About the Narrator

David Haig is an Oliver Award-winning actor and a FIPA Award-winning writer. His film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Two Weeks Notice, and My Boy Jack, among numerous others. In 2013  he was awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.