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Posted by Machiel Spruijt

December 21st 2009

Hello. A few years ago I saw 'Gladiator', and still it's my favorite movie. Later I read The Wind Singer and Slaves of the Mastery, and still they are my favorite books. But just some time ago I discovered that you wrote Gladiator. I wasn't surprised, because though the story of the books and the movie are different, there was something the same in both. It's about a life journy, and all of your works marked a chapter in my own journey. Right now I'm reading 'The Society of Others' (shadowside in Dutch), and it's the same journey I recognize. Some years ago I spoke to the translator of your books, and she almost cried because the publisher didn't want a translation of Firesong. Do you know if there is any chance that Firesong will be translated in Dutch? I will read the English version, but there are so many here who can't, so I really hope it will be translated...And do you know if the seeker books and your novels will be translated? I really hope so!

William Nicholson responded:

You're quite right to detect the same search in all my books, inevitably, perhaps. A search you can identify with? And the journey goes on... As for translations, I'm afraid these are dictated by sales, and the Dutch sales evidently haven't justified the cost of translation of some of the books. Maybe some time in the future, if I write a huge best seller, this will all change. Meanwhile I just go on writing what feels urgent and truthful...

Posted by Barbara Walsh

December 15th 2009

Thank you for your response it was an aspect i had not considered. Yes, I have seen "Shadowlands" enjoyed it immensely so purchased the dvd as I have "Firelight". I have seen all your work that is available here in the United States and look forward to purchasing "Rich and Mad" I have your other novels in my home library and wonder if it is too late for me to read your "Fantasy Books". I read with interest your response to Jeremy K and wondered if you are familiar with the work by Ludovic Kennedy, "All in the Mind, A Farewell to God". I highly recommend it. Best Wishes.

William Nicholson responded:

My own secret belief is that my fantasy books are worthy reading for adults, almost that only adults will find in them all that I have placed there. But then I would say that. As for the Kennedy book, no, I don't know it. I wrote a tv movie once based on Kennedy's book about the Lindbergh baby murder, a miscarriage of justice, and have a high regard for him as man and writer.

Posted by Jeremy K

December 14th 2009

Hello Mr. Nicholson, I'm a 16 year old who never gets sick of reading your books, no matter how many times I read it. I was just wondering, as I've read somewhere that you're Catholic, whether or not religion, specifically the chapter of Revelation in the Bible, influenced the way you wrote? It's just that I read Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong, and I can't help but draw parallels between the prophecies in the Bible and the prophecies in your book... Many thanks! I've always wondered and I thought maybe I was reading too deeply into it (or I'm strangely obsessed with my religion, ha)

William Nicholson responded:

I was raised as a Catholic, but moved away from faith in my adult years. However, as you can tell from my books, religious belief still fascinates me. I don't think Revelation is a special part of the Bible for me, but of course there are echoes of the Bible all through my work. Sometimes I think of my fantasy writing as the pursuit of religious belief without having to insist that it's actually true...

Posted by Barbara Walsh

December 13th 2009

Good Afternoon, I recently saw the movie "Firelight" and enjoyed it immensely, what inspired it.? I am a 76 year old Grandmother my father was born in1883 and I was privileged to know my paternal grandmother. I have a particular interest in the English working and servant class of the time period my grandmother was herself a governess. I have and still do spend a good deal of time in historical reading. Thank you for a very enjoyable visit into the l800's the film was particularly well done as have been your other films. I am a native of Chester,Cheshire but now reside in the United States. I look forward to spending more time with your work. Barbara Walsh

William Nicholson responded:

Oddly enough, perhaps, I think the inspiration behind the film was parenting issues. My children were then quite young, and I was very interested in how to raise a child with self-discipline but also with a free creative imagination. The governess/mother faces both issues, and resolves them in, I think, an interesting way. Have you seen the film of Shadowlands, another of my works? I think you'd like it.

Posted by Charlotte

December 13th 2009

Just to let you know that (as I warned you I was going to) I have given "Secret Intensity" to quite a few of my friends and recommended it to others. The ones who've read it so far have made a point of telling me how much they loved it - especially the women, whatever that may indicate... (Oh, and one said she'd wanted to give it to her older sister, but was worried it was a bit too naughty!) Looking forward to "Rich and Mad"; I shall pounce as soon as it is out. Best wishes, Charlotte

William Nicholson responded:

I'm delighted your friends are supporting your own view of Secret Intensity. For the ones who might not appreciate the (very few) rude bits, you might do what I did with my 93-year-old mother, and put a paper-clip in the relevant pages, so they can be skipped. I've now finished a second novel that will come as a sequel to Secret Intensity, picking up some of the characters eight years later. It's called All the Hopeful Lovers, and will be published later next year.

Posted by Anthony

December 10th 2009

I love the Tudor period and the theatre I am involved in have allowed me to direct your wonderful play "Katherine Howard". Any advise you may have would be appreciated greatly ! Also, I have wondered why it appears this play has not been performed in Australia before ? Or am I incorrect ?

William Nicholson responded:

I too love this play of mine, but the plain fact is that when it first appeared in the UK - at the Chichester Festival - it failed to win much attention. Add to that the fact that it demands a fairly large cast, and the result is it's not well known at all. The original production, with Richard Griffiths as Henry, was terrific, but I'm still hoping for a new definitive production that will put it on the map, as it were. I'm delighted you're planning to do it.