Caboodle Firsts: Get one of 100 copies of David Nicholls' Sweet Sorrow

We're giving 100 Caboodlers the chance to read Sweet Sorrow, the new novel by David Nicholls – author of One Day and Starter for Ten – before it's out in July.

'It’s just… the summer’s so long and I’ve got nothing else to do and I don’t know, don’t you ever want to try something… new?’

Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. His exams have not gone well, while at home he is looking after his father, when surely it should be the other way round. If he thinks about the future at all, it is with a kind of dread.

Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope.

But if Charlie wants to be with Fran, he must accept a challenge that will lose him the respect of his friends and almost require him to become a different person. He must join the Company. And if the Company sounds like a cult, the truth is even more appalling:

The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a novel about negotiating the rocky path to adulthood, a hymn to the tragicomedy of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that perhaps can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.

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This competition ended on 27/06/2019

Terms and Conditions

100 x winners will receive a copy of David Nicholls' Sweet Sorrow

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.
  • As books are sent to winners prior to publication, the covers may differ from the image shown, and may be uncorrected proof copies. 
  • Closing date 11:59pm, Thursday 27th June 2019
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., and employees of participating bookshops.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants will automatically collect 5 Caboodle Points. Find out more about How Caboodle Works.
  • Entrants acknowledge that this competition is a game of chance, which does not involve exercising any skill or judgement.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd. using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details will be shared securely with the publisher in order to fulfil the dispatch of Caboodle Firsts books.
  • Winners will receive a copy of the Caboodle Firsts title to the address they provided upon entering.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd., 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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