The bestselling author and award-winning screenwriter David Nicholls joins author and Brunel lecturer Helen Cullen to discuss where the two distinct crafts of scriptwriting and fiction intersect in his writing practice.
David Nicholls is the bestselling author of US, ONE DAY, STARTER FOR TEN and THE UNDERSTUDY, and SWEET SORROW. His novels have sold over 8 million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages.
ONE DAY, was published in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication. ONE DAY won the 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year Award. David wrote the screenplay for the 2011 movie adaptation of the same name starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. David’s fourth novel, US, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 and was another no. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. In 2014, he was named Author of the Year at the National Book Awards.
David trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. He is an award-winning screenwriter, with TV credits including the third series of Cold Feet, a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing, The 7.39 and an adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. David wrote the screenplays for Great Expectations(2012) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015, starring Carey Mulligan). He has twice been BAFTA nominated and his adaptation of Patrick Melrose from the novels by Edward St Aubyn won him an Emmy nomination.
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