David Nicholls, beloved author on paper and screen

David Nicholls (1966) is an English novelist and screenwriter, author of wildly successful novels and scripts for the stage, television and movies. He has a broad education in acting and drama studies, and was an actor in his twenties before he moved to writing. He has created a number of adaptations of classic literary works for BBC TV, including Much Ado About Nothing and Great Expectations.

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David Nicholls (photo by Hal Shinnie)

Nicholls has written four novels, including Starter for Ten (2003), which was made into a film starring James McAvoy in 2006. The immensely successful One Day (2009) was also adapted for a film, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

His latest novel, Us, was published last year to strong critical acclaim. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was declared ‘a perfect book’ by The Independent. It tells the story of a middle-­aged man, Douglas Petersen, whose wife announces that she will leave him after their son arrives at college. Terrified of this prospect, Douglas plans a family holiday in an attempt to bring his family together and prevent his marriage from falling apart.

Both Us and One Day have been translated into Icelandic.

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