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Posted by Foz M

January 25th 2013

Hi Mr Nicholson! I read The Wind and Fire, as well as The Noble Warriors Triology a few years back, and I simply fell in love with Them! However, The Wind Singer was my favourite. One of the attributes of your book, which fascinated me, is the use of colour. Each colour you used, played a certain role in your story, e.g the grey district: a dull, oppressive colour, the colour of rats - scavengers, unwanted. I wanted to know, what's the reason you had separated the districts through the use of colour? And were you creating a sense of irony when the Zars wore white, instead of a typical black outfit for the 'evil' characters in novels? Thank you for creating such lovely books!

William Nicholson responded:

I suppose the simple answer is I write with a strong visual sense, and also with a strong ethical sense, and in the Wind Singer colour and ethics converge. As for the Zars wearing white - not irony exactly, but an awareness that evil does not always come in a predictable guise. White is more usually the colour of purity, and many people use their conviction of purity to inflict great evil on others.

Posted by humberto

January 23rd 2013

Hi Mr. Nicholson, I was wandering what do you think(?), about perhaps you giving some consideration in writing a scrip for an epic film as epic and as spectacular as Les Miserables Recently I’ve been given a book by a friend as he was aware that I have been struggling for sometime with religious believes, doubts and guilt, churches and priests . The book’s name is: “The Mirror of Simple Souls” a book to be considered as one of primary texts of Medieval heresy of free spirit, with 60.000 words, where I’ve “fallen in Love” with the writer and her wonderfully written texts and poems, a treatise of words. The book refers to the simplicity of the soul unified with God. A perfect union with God moving together in a divine state of perpetual joy and harmony. The writer argues that the soul in such sublime state, is above the demands of ordinary virtue, not because virtue is not needed but because in its state of union with God virtue becomes without thought. Arguing that God can do no evil and cannot sin the exalted annihilated soul, in perfect union with Him, no longer is capable of evil or sin. “Of these souls we will take one for all, to speak the more readily” “Of the two staffs that this free soul leaneth her upon; and how she is more drunk of that she never drank nor never shall drink, than of that she hath drunk” “How they that sit all in freedom do rest themselves in pure naught without thought” “What great difference is between some angels and others, and also of the souls that this book speaketh of, compared with others that be not such, and how they think themselves to be the best.” A tenacious, determined and yet tender woman from the medieval era, a French mystic, Marguerite Porete and her very avant garde views and beliefs in defying all religious establishments and its machinery in how it is possible for the proximity we can have with God without the necessity of any religious dogmas. Much more worthy in my opinion a film to be made about her life, her intellect, her convictions and courage than the very short life of Jeanne d’Arc (Joan Of Arc) . I can see the fantastic Cate Blanchett playing her ( as she did so wonderfully in Elizabeth: the Golden Age) and the role of Bishop of Cambrai (whom condemned’s her for heresy and to be burnt at the stake after a lengthy trial in Paris 1310, after refusing to stop circulation of her book or withdraw her beliefs ) could be played by Geoffrey Rush. Kind Regards

William Nicholson responded:

Thank you for drawing my attention to such a fascinating work. I'll take a look for myself.

Posted by Jacque Brennan

January 21st 2013

William I am just writing to tell you that at present I am reading your book, "All the Hopeful Lovers." I am really enjoying it and what is making it extra special, is the fact that we have two daughters who live in England. One lives in Lewes and the other lives in Balham. I just love finding all the names of the places that we go to when we are over in England. We go every year to visit our girls and their families. We visit such places often as the Priory, the Railway Station, the Snowdrop etc. Our daughter who lives in Balham used to live in Wandsworth and her Mum in law lives there in Wandsworth. It is a very pretty place as is Lewes. Our daughters love living in their areas. Consequently I will be trying to find some of your other books. This copy belongs to a friend of mine and we swap our books. I am going to try to find your novel that introduces us to your characters in this story. I live in Rothwell, Queensland, Austrtalia. Thanking you William. Jacque Brennan

William Nicholson responded:

Do read the first book, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. It's very much set in the Lewes area. Actually so is much of my much more ambitious new novel, MOTHERLAND, though that takes place in the 1940s. But you might still enjoy it.

Posted by Mary-Roxanne

January 20th 2013

Mr. Nicholson, 12 years ago I read The Wind Singer and let you take me away into the world of the Manth. I keep copies of the trilogy in hardcover and paperback. I loan out the paperback copies to friends - who've never heard of the series! I still don't understand how such an adventurous trilogy didn't take with the rest of the world... Of all the books I've enjoyed, The Wind of Fire trilogy are the only books I've ever re-read, repeatedly. I'm staying with my family in the Phillipines during the summer, I was just wondering if there's a possibility to purchase the trilogy as an e-book. I'd like them with me, without their weight! I hope I can puchase a third set of this trilogy, electronically. Have a blessed day and thank you. Mary-Roxanne

William Nicholson responded:

The trilogy is available as e-books, and can be bought in the usual ways on Amazon or wherever. I'm delighted that you still remember the books after so long.

Posted by Jan-Christoph Spahl

January 18th 2013

Dear Mr. Nicholson, as a lifelong fan of Les Misérables I'm quite stunned how you managed to bring so much from Victor Hugo's novel back into the movie musical while still managing to keep true to the stage version. It truly shows the love for the musical and it's iconic songs and moments. I have the highest respect for that achievement. Was there anything you would have liked to see on screen or in your script that you or director Tom Hooper had to leave out ultimately? Greetings from Germany

William Nicholson responded:

The song Dog Eat Dog, in the sewers, was left out. Also the bulk of the reprise of Master of the House (Beggars at the Feast). But I don't think either omission is grave. We did try very much to retain the genius of the stage show. Personally I'm thrilled by the film version, which is all credit to Tom Hooper.

Posted by Ed Springer

January 16th 2013

Mr. Nicholson, similar to Mr. Weinstein, my cousin was the pilot from the USS Lexington who found the camp at Naoetsu as mentioned in the book. He was interviewed about this by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution and I have the article and pictures that were taken of him pointing to the camp on a map of Japan. If you or if you think the film producers would be interested in these documents I can upload them to photobucket or similar site.

William Nicholson responded:

I've just learned that Angelina Jolie, who's to direct the movie, wishes to work with a writer she knows for the next stage of the screenplay. So I'm off the project. I think it will be a terrific movie - but it's now in other hands.