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Posted by Nomxolisi

December 13th 2014

No question. Just praises. If there's another section for this then I apologize in advance for being too lazy to look for it. Anyway, I just discovered you the other day. I was applying for a job at place that sells books and they asked why I want to work there. "Because I'm broke?" of course never cuts it in interviews (people like to be lied to as I'm sure you're quite aware). So I quoted one of your lines "We read to know we're not alone." (I'd seen it on Instagram quite frequently and thought I'd look up who said it.) I also called you my favorite Screenwriter/playwright/novelist. Another lie of course at that moment because I don't actually know any other Screenwriter/playwright/novelists. I've been going through this website for like 3 days now. I want to read everything. You're so funny and also thoughtful but never ever boring. I read your article you wrote on the Daily Telegraph on your book The Society Of Others. I sent it to all my friends. Then I read it again like 16 times. Anyways, I really really like your writing style. You're a great story teller. Possibly the best I've come across thus far who's still living. (I actually thought you were like some dead writer from like the 1600's before I Googled you). Keep walking.

William Nicholson responded:

Did you get the job? Now I feel personally responsible. I like 'Keep walking' - in front of me as I write I have a card painted in bright colours by my youngest daughter long ago that says 'Push on!' So I push on.

Posted by Helmut Morsbach

November 28th 2014

Dear Nicholson-san, This note will take you and me back almost thirty years:- You asked me during the mid-1980s to assist as advisor on Japanese marital questions, for your memorable BBC series "Lovelaw". Even as recently as yesterday I screened excerpts for my courses on "Intercultural Marriage" here at Temple University (Tokyo). Since your series now has a "historical" patina, I tend to ask my Californian and my Japanese students to discuss sections (e.g. "Young Love" in Japan and in California) and tell me what, in their eyes, has or has not changed. Question: Have you been fortunate enough to learn something about Japanese women? They are a life-long fascination for me. I have now been married to one for 22 years… With fond regards, Helmut (Morsbach) now 77.

William Nicholson responded:

How glorious to hear from you after all these years. To answer your question: my knowledge of Japanese women began and ended with that TV project. I'm sure in the years since that there have been enormous changes, as a new generation has come to the fore. Back then I would not have wanted to grow up as a woman in Japan. Nor as a man, for that matter: it seemed to me the men were as much the prisoners of the sexual culture as the women. But we live in a different world now.

Posted by Martin Campbell

November 27th 2014

Dear William, Your advice in last year's Children’s Writers & Artists Yearbook was very useful, and having finished draft three of my children's novel I recently tested my work out on four readers. Two of them thought the plot worked very well and the other two didn't. With no majority consensus, what would you advise? Thanks, Martin London

William Nicholson responded:

That's a tough one. Try a couple more readers? But perhaps it's time to fall back on your own instinct now. Did the process of having others read the book cause you to see it differently? And if so, did that guide you to any weak spots yourself? So often other people's responses are valuable not so much for the precise critique they offer, as for the jolt it gives us to see our own work afresh. Beyond that, I'd say never make changes unless they make sense also to you.

Posted by Will Fricker

November 25th 2014

Hi Mr Nicholson Just a quick question. You once visited my school when I was a lot younger and I was able to get most of the books you wrote for young adults signed at the event. The only one I haven't got signed is Noman, as it hadn't actually been written or published yet. I know it may sound trivial but to have 5 out of 6 books signed by yourself is rather annoying to me! I was wondering if it would be at all possible to send you my copy of Noman in the post to get it signed? No problem if not I just thought I would ask! Thankyou for writing such wonderful books, I have read them cover to cover more times than I can remember and they helped inspire me to write some works of my own. Kindest Regards Will Fricker

William Nicholson responded:

Sure, send it and I'll sign it. If you don't mind, send it care of my publisher to pass on to me: Lucy Pearse Editorial Assistant Egmont Publishing 1st Floor, The Yellow Building 1 Nicholas Road London W11 4AN

Posted by Michael P. Tremoglie

November 24th 2014

We communicated once before, I told you how much I admire First Knight. It is one of my all time favorite movies. I am a former Phila. police officer turned insurance executive, after getting custody of my two pre-school age children in a divorce battle; turned writer and journalist. Would you permit me to borrow this line from you: "Either what we believe to be right and good and true IS right and good and true, for ALL mankind , under God...or we're just another robber tribe." I would probably paraphrase.

William Nicholson responded:

Of course you may take and use the line. I'm honoured that you appreciate it.

Posted by Sarah

November 22nd 2014

Not a question, just an(other) appreciative note. I've just finished Motherland (a random library pick and the first of your work I've come across, not being much of a one for films). I knew from the start that I loved the quality of the writing but went on to find that the book - especially the dialogue and both Ed's and Larry's thought processes - had uncanny relevance for the point I'm at in my life at the moment, and it quite unexpectedly prompted me to cry tears that were long overdue, which has done me immense good. I live in Yorkshire now but spent twenty five years in Newhaven so the locations were completely familiar (and trying to pin down Edenfield quite frustrating!) I want to express my appreciation also of your splendid website and blog, and how easy you make it to contact you. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work, but am going to ration myself. Thank you for a wonderful book.

William Nicholson responded:

Thank you, I very much appreciate your post. As you have discovered, there are more books where that came from. Edenfield is made up, but I've placed it where the real hamlet of Bedingham lies, by the road that branches from the A27 to Newhaven.