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The joy of righteousness Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Talking with my son recently – he works in the field of international development – we turned to the current phenomenon of young British men being drawn to fight for ISIS. I put forward a view I’d read in a recent article, that this could be seen as a form of narcissism, a means of gaining attention from a society¬†that marginalises them. My son suggested another view. It’s all about the joy of being right, he said, and everyone else being wrong. As soon as he said it, I found myself agreeing. It’s a much under-rated drive, this need to Read More

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Posted by Steven Wilson

July 29th 2015

Isn't it time for The March to be 're-released? I remember your shocking drama ended with stark response. We are being asked that question now. Surely you can talk to broadcasters?

William Nicholson responded:

I wish it could be done. I understand the rights are so complex - it was a pan-European co-production for One World week in its day - that it can't be done. Very frustrating. As you may remember, my invasion of would-be immigrants ended by being met by tanks on the beaches.

Posted by Rowan Utting

July 26th 2015

Hi, I'm a 17yo fantasy writer & published author (The Stones Of Home, Lambton Publishing) from New Zealand who has always loved your Wind on Fire trilogy. I discovered it about 5 years ago and recently acquired a copy of the series, to my delight. I've got a couple of questions: 1. Is the Old Manth script on the map & other illustrations a working script, with sounds/syllables assigned to the characters, or merely an artistic imagining? I enjoy fantasy languages & scripts myself, and I'd love to be able to use this one. 2. How would you feel if the Manth Wedding Vow was to be used in the future, when/if I get married? Not that I have plans to yet, obviously, but it's the most beautiful thing I've found in any book in all my 14 years of reading, and I'd feel more comfortable using it if I had the author's permission. Yours truly, Rowan Utting

William Nicholson responded:

The Old Manth is indeed a working script - pretty simple, like a code. If you look on the Wind Singer page on this website you'll find an Old Manth translator, which you can use for yourself. And I'd be delighted and honoured if you were to use the Manth Wedding Vow for real.

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Past and current works


  • The Lovers of Amerherst
  • The Society of Others
  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
  • All the Hopeful Lovers
  • The Golden Hour
  • Motherland
  • Reckless


  • The Windsinger
  • Slaves of the Mastery
  • Firesong
  • Seeker
  • Jango
  • Noman
  • Rich and Mad


  • Shadowlands
  • Gladiator
  • Mandela
  • Les Miserables
  • Firelight
  • Nell
  • Sarafina
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age


  • The Retreat from Moscow
  • Shadowlands
  • Katherine Howard