30 November 2020
Get to know novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls
David Nicholls is one of the UK's best-loved contemporary novelists and screenwriters, the author of One Day, Starter for Ten, Us and now Sweet Sorrow. You can read an in-depth interview with him in the January issue of Writing Magazine but here are five quick facts to introduce him.
- David Nicholls read English and Drama at Bristol, and pursued a career in acting, before making a switch to screenplays and novels.
- His first foray into writing was working on screenplays, and his first produced script was an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s play Simpatico, starring Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone.
- David has adapted lots of novels for television and film. Highlights include adapting Far From the Madding Crowd, Great Expectations and Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, for which he won a BAFTA and was Emmy-nominated. He has adapted his own novels Starter for Ten and One Day into feature films, and most recently he adapted his Man Booker long-listed novel Us into a four-part drama for BBC1 starring Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves.
- Among his favourite authors are F Scott Fitzgerald, JD Salinger, Dickens and Muriel Spark.
- Some new authors he has been enjoying in lockdown are Anne Enright, Kiley Reid and Jonathan Coe.