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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 Lisa Caron

August 23rd 2015

Just finished your wonderful book The Lovers of Amherst. It was a fascinating look at love on so many levels. However, my question is that of extreme curiosity. You see I live in Western MA near Amherst but I grew up in Coral Gables, FL. You can imagine my surprise at the location of Mabel, it made me gasp. Do you have a connection to both of these locations? You can imagine my surprise as I personally have lovely memories of my home in Coral Gables and the life I am enjoying now in MA.. Thank you, Lisa

William Nicholson responded:

My connection with both Amherst and Coconut Grove, Florida, is through research only, I'm afraid. I've visited Amherst twice, but never been to Coconut Grove. My novel was written here in rainy Sussex, in England. I like it that you've travelled in the reverse direction to Mabel (and most people), going from sunny Florida to snowy Massachusetts. And I like it that you like my book.

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.

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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