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Posted by Naomi Sutcliffe

January 7th 2013

I would love to write you a letter. Read something on a screen and that's all you're looking at - a screen. Reading a letter is like looking into a person. If you will allow me to write you one, please email to me your address. Naomi x

William Nicholson responded:

I try to keep my address private. But if you send a letter to my agent - all addresses on agent's page - they'll pass it on unopened to me.

Posted by maria

January 6th 2013

Hello. I read you are writing the scrip for Unbroken. Can you say anything about that project?

William Nicholson responded:

Angelina Jolie is to direct it. I've done a draft. More than that, at this stage, I don't know.

Posted by Philip James

January 5th 2013

Dear Mr. William Nicholson, I just got back from watching Les Miserables in theaters, and after experiencing such a powerfully gripping story on film I feel compelled to share with you my gratitude for your work in creating such a marvelous work of art. I certainly recognize that this is not an original work of your own, but the film on the whole moved me in such a way that I felt I must share my overflowing appreciation for the film with someone involved in its production. So, thank you and all your co-workers, greatly. I primarily wanted to write to give you thanks for your work, but since this is a venue for questions I thought I might ask you more about why it is that you believe God is only a necessary creation of mankind (if that appropriately represents what you still believe from what I can recall from your bio)? I absolutely share your desire to make sense out of an incredibly messy world. Part of the reason I respect Les Misérables so greatly is that it is to me a wonderful attempt to explain our world. Thanks for including such a detailed and transparent biography of your life on your website. I found it interesting it to read and enjoyed learning some about your life. All the best, Philip

William Nicholson responded:

You are quite right to identify the original novel as the source of the power of Les Miserables. It's Victor Hugo's moral passion that drives the novel, the show, and the movie. I respond to this moral passion even though I myself no longer believe in God. You ask why I no longer believe. This is a very big question, but in essence I came to realise many years ago that even the Christian form of God is a superstition, generated by our own fear and longing. Once you step outside your own culture, and realise how many different forms these superstitions take around the world, you begin to ask yourself why your own form should be the only true one. From there it's a short step to understanding that we create gods, rather than gods creating us. However, this is not an argument that settles the debate. It's merely my understanding, which is as limited as yours or anyone else's. In other words, I may be wrong.

Posted by Amit Desai

January 5th 2013

I am a independent writer who have finished working on a feature length screenplay, a period drama, setup in 16th century. I am seeking for an agent for my script. Can you suggest me few agent names or can you tell me how can I get hold of one who represent period films? Can you help me in anyways?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm so sorry, but I can't really play the role you ask of me. What I can tell you is that agents don't represent different types of film, they simply look out for talent. All agents' names and addresses are listed in the relevant yearbooks.

Posted by Natalia

January 3rd 2013

Dear Mr. Nicholson! This is not a question. I’m a reader struggling to be a translator so, I’ve just read your new novel “Motherland” for publishers and I have to say that I have not been satisfied with reading to such an extent for a long time. You are excellent! From the very first lines of your story the “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy had come to my mind not because of “war” and “peace” but because of your talent for narrations, fullness and different interpretations of the characters in your book. I got engrossed in reading at once. And when later on in your novel you indeed referred to Tolstoy I was almost happy – yes, I got it right! I fell in love with each of the characters (especially impressed by women portraits - how do you know everything?) and I’m extremely thankful for the great book. If only publishing in Russia depended on my opinion! But who knows, we are still discussing the book . Best regards.

William Nicholson responded:

You are one of the very first readers of my new novel Motherland, which hasn't even been published yet. You can imagine how much pleasure you give me with your kind words. My daughter is currently studying Russian at University, and reading Anna Karenina in the original. There is no writer I admire more than Tolstoy. I'm so proud that you can even mention me in the same paragraph. Good luck with your young career as a translator–I'm sure someone of such sound judgement is sure to succeed.

Posted by Kate Thackery

December 30th 2012

This is not a question. Rather I would like to thank you for your remarkably cautious and considerate response to a very stupid question I send you some seven years ago. I suppose we had best blame the education system, as is customary in such situations. I was a pretty stupid twelve year old, thank you for not treating me like one. Congratulations on your success with Les Miserables.

William Nicholson responded:

I don't remember your question or my response, but you can't have been all that stupid as a twelve-year-old since you took the trouble to ask me a question. The stupid people are the ones who never look beyond themselves.