400.000 copies sold in Italy and more than 8 million in the world: those are the numbers of One day, the David Nicholls’ novel that became a movie with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in 2011. Thanks to this work, the English writer is known and loved for his inborn capacity of making people laugh and cry.

Wednesday, September 25 at 9 pm at Scuola Holden (piazza Borgo Dora, 49) will present the new Sweet Sorrow (Italian publisher Neri Pozza), title quoting a line of Romeo and Juliet about the thrill of the first love and the power of friendship. A bitter comedy about the hard transition to adulthood, the invigorating power of friendship and the burning and fierce experience of the first love.

It was the summer of 1997 in London, the summer of New Labour, the death of Lady Diana and the end of school for Charlie Lewis. Five years ended in the blink of an eye and were sealed by the inevitable dance in the school gym, with the professors at the mixer who even dare Relax of Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Girls and Boys by Blur, the boys thrashing wildly and the girls dancing with malice. Five years during which Charlie Lewis stood out for never standing out in anything. Neither bully nor meek, nor geek nor rebel, nor loved nor hated, in short one of those boys who, looking at them in the picture at the end of school, you struggle to remember them, since they are not associated with any anecdote, scandal or big endeavour. Then Fran Fisher bursts into his life. Fran is everything Charlie cannot be: she is popular, confident, irreverent and, however unlikely, Charlie begins to hope to win the girl’s heart. To be with her, he must take on a hard challenge: he must join the Company directed by a chubby man with King Charles Spaniel’ eyes. And if the Company sounds like a sect, the truth is even more appalling: the price of hope, it seems, is represented by Shakespeare.