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Posted by Athalie Long

July 2nd 2012

William, In reading your bio I saw that you said that Firelight had failed. Well the industry may have said so but I and many, many, many others totally disagree. 15 years after it was done I have discovered this incredible movie. I found it on So to the person who wondered where to get a DVD, Amazon is the place. It is a beautiful story and incredibly well told in the movie. I watch the movie over and over. The cast is luminous with performances that are second to none. Of course what can one expect with such a marvelous story and such talent to work with? I have two copies myself, in case I wear one out. :)))) Is there an Epilogue for Firelight? Or perhaps a sequel? I find myself wondering about what Charles, Elizabeth and Louisa do for the rest of their lives. Where are they going with all their belongings in the four 'vans' following their Coach? Hope I've not over done with the questions but I have one more. How does writing a book differ from writing a script? Thank's so much for ALL of your wonderful writing. Athalie Long

William Nicholson responded:

I suppose I say Firelight has failed because I hate making claims that aren't true - I'm a bit obsessed with honesty - and the plain fact is that it did fail commercially, and I won't hide from that painful truth. However, I still love it, and I love it that you love it, so thank you. No sequel, I'm afraid. But you may enjoy my novels? You ask how books differ from scripts: the answer is I can do so much more in a book, go so much deeper. So that's where my greatest energy now goes.

Posted by Raymund

June 28th 2012

Hi William, just finished 'The Golden Hour' on the train into work this morning .Very much enjoyed it, as i had its forerunners, ..''The Secret Intensity.. &'' All the Hopeful....' Great trilogy, and trite to call it an aga saga, as i have seen in some reviews. You make some very interesting reflections on themes as such as the onset middle-age, relationships, committment, and professional careers coming to an end. Thought-provoking, & I want to go back and think more about some of your statements, & re-read some of the dialogue. My only slight disappointment was not hearing how the younger generation ie Jack, Alice, Chloe etc from book2 were getting on. Its a difficult world for young people today, & i would have been interested in your 'take' on it. You seem, which i guess is pretty obvious us all, to have been a bit more broadly reflective, & thoughtful on life themes with this part of the troligy. Intimations of mortality ? Anyway, enough waffle from me.Great read.Really enjoy these books.Plans for any more in this series ? Thanks again for the entertainment & thoughts. Raymund, London.

William Nicholson responded:

I am writing more in this series, though not yet returning fully to the younger generation. The next book is called MOTHERLAND and shows Alice, now 24, puzzling over the failure of her love life, meeting a grandmother she didn't know she had - and then we're back to 1942, for a big sweeping story that tells about the love life of Alice's great-grandmother. Yes, I know that sounds as if it's a very different kind of book, but it all connects - Edenfield is now full of Canadian soldiers - and more crucially, though set largely in the past, it's very much in my style, dealing in thought-provoking themes that affect us all. It's a bigger book than the others, and I think - I hope - very powerful. It comes out in February 2012. As for books after that, I have several planned - all link to the same world - but it's going to grow bigger all the time. I look forward to hearing what you make of the new book.

Posted by Sheila Buckingham

June 28th 2012

Briefly, I run a literary lunch club (part of Ovingdean Arts Club) and wonder if you would give a talk to us. Nicky Singer came last year and suggested you as a local author. There would be c60 and a wonderful lunch! If you agree, perhaps you could give me Mondays you could manage plus of course your fee. Many thanks Sheila Buckingham

William Nicholson responded:

I'd love to come to your lunch club. A Monday in November, maybe? All free for me at present. I don't charge a fee when it's near to home.

Posted by Thomas

June 23rd 2012

Dear Mr. Nicholson, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Noble Warriors series. As a child, I was raised in a deeply religious home, went to a very conservative church, and felt that the questions I had about God and religion were blasphemous. As I grew older, the questions only grew in the back of my mind and I foudnd myself struggling with them. My views changed, but I could never define them, even to myself. But your books changed that. I just wanted to let you know that I am sure I am not the only person who has felt that they now know what it is they believe becuase you had the talent to put it into words.

William Nicholson responded:

I too was raised in a strongly religious home, and the greater world that offered me has never left me, though I have long left my religion behind. My struggles since have formed the deeper elements of The Noble Warriors, though very few readers have noticed this. So I'm doubly grateful to you for your insight and your kind words. The journey goes on, of course. I keep my eyes and heart open, as I'm sure you do. We live among mysteries.

Posted by Rhys

June 11th 2012

Would you ever consider writing and directing an adaptation of Rich and Mad?

William Nicholson responded:

Nobody's offered to finance a film of Rich and Mad, so it hasn't arisen. I don't know. I'd be happy to see a film made, but I think I'd probably prefer someone else to make it. The key would be the performances of the young actors, and I'm not sure I'd be good enough a director to get the best results.

Posted by Christopher M. Anthony

June 10th 2012

Hi William. I was the chap at your Bafta talk last year who asked about the origins of "why love if losing hurts so much..." and where the credit truly lay (I really had waited all those years to ask). I recently corrected another person quoting C.S. Lewis instead of you! Having seen Prometheus recently, I really think Ridley should have got you on board to at least co-write. The questions of faith in narrative could have been handled so well in your hands, given the brilliance of Shadowlands. I'm going to put in a good word with some friends at Scott Free and insist they get you for the sequel!!! :) Best wishes, Christopher

William Nicholson responded:

I must admit I agree with you that the deeper theme of the otherwise brilliant Prometheus was a disappointment. I'm sure they have the sequel all worked out already, and let's hope it takes us somewhere more interesting.