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Posted by Lottie

September 20th 2009

i've started reading the wind singer at school and already i cant wait to find out what happens next. This book has lead me to Questions the society in which we live and why things are the way they are. I was wondering if this book was based on a particular era of your life such as school? And what book did you enjoy writting the most?

William Nicholson responded:

I suppose the book came more out of watching my own children go through the stress of being measured by exams. When I was doing exams myself, many years ago, I was too young to question the need for it. Which book most enjoyed? Honestly, all of them, with the one I'm writing now the best of all.

Posted by Lydie

September 20th 2009

I am in yr 9 at Langtree school, and currently in our English Class, we are reading The Wind Singer. I would like to know, what influenced you to write the book, and where did you get your ideas from? Thanks.

William Nicholson responded:

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section. I'm running out of ways to answer this. But I'm still delighted that you're reading my book. I hope you enjoy it.

Posted by Tanisha

September 20th 2009

I am currently reading 'The Wind Singer' in my English class. I would like to ask if you would like to live in Aramanth and why. Thank You P.S The 'The Wind Singer' is an adventurous tale which grips anyone who reads it!

William Nicholson responded:

If I was stuck in Aramanth I do everything to get out, including diving through sewage (as our heroes do).

Posted by Abbie Moses

September 20th 2009

I am in year 9 at Northate High School, we are reading your book, The Wind Singer. I find this book very interesting because of the way the village is set out and the way exams is to do with controlling were they live. The way this village is set out makes me wonder why and how you came up with these ideas, does this story or the characters relate to your life n any way? Thankyou.

William Nicholson responded:

As you'll have gathered if you read the other questions and answers on this page, I do believe - though the Wind Singer is fantasy, of course - that it relates strongly to our real life. Too many exams, and too much emphasis placed on exam results!

Posted by Libby Williamson

September 20th 2009

Hello, My name is Libby and I am twelve years old. I read the entire 'Wind Singer' trilogy when I was ten and I have loved them ever since. In one of the answers to a past question, you said that you thought Aramanth reflected the way education nowadays is run. Is this opinion based on the school which you went to? Or is it education in general which your opinion is based on? Thankyou.

William Nicholson responded:

It's education in general - particularly since schools started to be listed in order of their exam results - the dreaded league tables. Try asking your teachers what they think of that not very clever new idea, that schools should be judged solely on their academic exam results. In my opinion it's ruining education.

Posted by Katy B.

September 19th 2009

Hey there. I just wanted to let you know that, well, first off, i think it's just fantastic how you have this Q and A and that you actually keep it updated, i don't think many authors would take the time to do that. Also, i wanted to say that i'm really looking forward to 'Rich and Mad'. I think i was about 12 when i first picked up 'The Wind Singer’; coincidently my teacher started reading it to us in class after i had bought it. Naturally i read ahead and naturally i loved it. A year or two later i was in need for a new book and i came across Seeker, i wasn't really looking for anything in particular and i just grabbed it because i recognised your name and 'The Wind on Fire' was just so amazing. Needless to say i wasn’t disappointed. And i must tell you, it must have been the beginning of last year, i was shopping for school supplies and i came across ‘Noman’, i literally jumped for joy for i hadn’t realised it was out. I’m 17 now and i’m just really keen for some more William Nicholson in my book case and i have the feeling that i’m really going to enjoy ‘Rich and Mad’. i’m actually doing my english research on you at the moment..which i really should get back to as it’s due tomorrow. So, yeah, ka pai^^ can’t wait for RaM to come out Danke. Katy B.

William Nicholson responded:

I'd say you're a perfect age for Rich and Mad. Sorry it won't be out till next April, but when it does come out, if you get a chance to read it, I'd love to know what you think of it. So please do come back on this site and tell me.