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Posted by elaine

August 28th 2013

I have just re-read the article I saved 7th November 2010 from the mail `yours unfaithfully'. It makes better reading and understanding 3 years on although even at the time I felt you was writing my nightmare. I would like you to know that this helped more than any counselling I entered into with my husband and the perspective you put from both sides was as if you was writing about us. Our ending is still in progress but as your final sentence says `A project that takes time and honesty and courage and compassion, that's what I call a marriage'. I can tell you from personal experience I agree. Thank you - it was so accurate.

William Nicholson responded:

And at the time of that article - and the novel that prompted it - I got a lot of hate mail for suggesting that infidelity could ever be understood, let alone forgiven. Thank you for this.

Posted by Ryan David

August 24th 2013

I just finished reading 'I Could Love You', having read a few of your other works over the years. I was astounded by your Tom chapters. They were honest and intense and I think all men could relate, even as his self-justification comes crashing down when you reveal that Meg wasn't quite on the same wavelength. The scattered psychological insights (that I'm always afraid you'll have run out of whenever I open a new book) are for me the best parts. On people in general, the distinction between men and women and their socially acceptable relations to pleasure. Great stuff. Only character I couldn't get a feel for was Roddy, perhaps because I'm skeptical of the possibility of the experience he claims to have had. One further comment... I'm afraid I took Jack's side in his "argument" against his father. I've read Daniel Quinn's stuff and it seems to me there is a linear direction to the history of civilization and that the future seems bleak. Have you read Ishmael or the Story of B? The writing's not much but the ideas seem important. Lastly, 'Society of Others' was the first book of yours I read. It made me pick up the others. Smuggling philosophy books over the border was just too awesome. Ending confused the hell out of me. Still not sure if I know just what happened, but it was a hell of an allegory, if that's what it was.

William Nicholson responded:

If you get a chance to read the next book after 'I Could Love You', which is called 'The Golden Hour' (published in the UK, not the US), you'll meet more of Roddy and his crisis. Perhaps it'll convince you, perhaps not. 'The Society of Others' is I suppose an allegory. I do know what happened at the end, and I thought I'd planted enough clues, but from your response, and many others, I failed. Maybe I should leave an explanation somewhere on this site. Thank you for registering that I write more than one kind of book. Sometimes I get the feeling that my readers all occupy different universes.

Posted by Dominic Devine

August 24th 2013

Dear William Nicholson, I would like to get hold of a copy of your screenplay for research purposes. I've searched the Internet without success. I cannot find a printed copy on Amazon, etc., either. Is there a possibility you might be able to send me a pdf? I would be very grateful. Thank you. Kindest regards, Dominic Devine

William Nicholson responded:

I don't send out my screenplays, I'm afraid. And a minor point, but you don't specify which one.

Posted by Madeleine Vaughan

August 19th 2013

Dear William Nicholson, Again, this isn't so much of a question as an appreciation post. As a young girl I had extreme difficulty reading and writing, as I suffered from dyslexia. As such, it was very difficult to get me to read anything. The Wind on Fire series were a total inspiration to me, and I had great difficulty putting them down. They were one of the key stepping-stones that got me into being a coherent reader and writer. After years of struggle, of over-coming technical difficulties, trying to catch up with my class, and struggling to get my words onto paper, I have just been offered my first publishing contract for a Fantasy novel. Your work not only got me so hooked that, despite difficulties, I forced myself to read on, but it taught me a thing or two about characters. Your characters always had so much depth, from Kestrel who inspired me a woman and who I have subsequently named a character after, to Mumpo who became so much more than he initially seemed. Your mastery of building interesting, new civilizations, mixing magic with subtle social commentaries. I was enchanted from page one. Thank you so much for everything, and bless you. If I can be a quarter of the writer you are, I will be very happy.

William Nicholson responded:

Does it now seem to you that the years of struggle have been a vital part of what you have to offer as a writer? I'm committed to the idea that writing is more than the making of books, it's a way of understanding the process of living. The deeper the understanding, the more the work resonates with others. Which means, to put it a little over-grandly perhaps, that we have to suffer to create. If this is so, your current development is not in spite of your earlier difficulties but has grown out of them. If I've helped a little along the way, then I'm very proud. I hope your novel goes well; and that whatever happens in the uncertain world of publishing, you continue to write, and to find joy and wisdom in writing.

Posted by Sarah Underwood

August 14th 2013

I want to start off by saying thank you (as many here have already said). Your book The Wind Singer made a profound impact on my life as a young girl -- it helped me have characters to relate to in the year after my mother died and offered me some repreive as I faced the reprocussions her death had on me both socially and academically. Also, as if the companionship of your characters was not already enough, your book was the first thing I read fully and completely for myself. The Wind Singer is what sparked my love of reading, which has now translated itself into my current pursuit of an English degree and aspiraton to become an English professor. This thank you has been years in the making, but I wanted you to know how much your writing helped me get my life together after I had seen so many areas of it fall apart -- it means more than I could ever express. And now for a breif question. For the past couple years, I have been entertaining the thought of a Wind Singer movie. Knowing that you are a screenwriter, I am interested to hear if you have ever given this possibility any thought, or if you see any possiblity of making it a reality in the future? Looking at what has been popular in theaters lately, I can only imagine great praise for a Wind Singer movie. Thank you so much for your time. I am looking forward to your response. :)

William Nicholson responded:

What more can a writer ask? This is what I write for - to pass on through stories what matters to me, and I hope to others. So thank you. As for a film, yes, I'd love to see it, but no serious film company has come forward so far with a proposal. It would be quite expensive, I suppose, and I, for my part, wouldn't want it done unless it could be done well. Maybe one day...

Posted by Veronica Cross

August 13th 2013

This is not a question. Just an appreciation of the hours spent reading Motherland. Such elegant style and deep insights. I am barely recovering from the tears over those two letters to Kitty and Larry. A rich, rewarding read. I wish I were starting all over again. Thank you William Nicholson for making me feel deeply about your characters and philosophy.

William Nicholson responded:

You've made my day. I've put so much into this book. The sequel to Motherland, which is called Reckless, will be published next spring. It picks up the story of the little girl, Pamela, now 18; as well as other characters. I'm very pleased with it, but have yet to find out if anyone else likes it. Maybe you will.