Meet the author: David Nicholls


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.

Read the full interview with David in the January issue of Writing Magazine

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