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Nick Lake - Author


Nick Lake is 29 years old and a children's book editor at HarperCollins. He lives in London with his English teacher wife, Hannah.

Nick Lake Q&A:

Previous occupations:
Student, and then book editor. Which I still am.

Favourite job:
Being a book editor. No one told me at school that there was a job where you got paid for being a fan of writers and writing.

High school and/or college:

I went to High School in Luxembourg, and I went to Oxford University after that for a degree and then a fairly pointless masters. In phonetics, of all things.

Name of your favourite composer or music artist?
The Pixies.

Favourite movie:
I usually lie and go for something clever like Vertigo. But really it's True Romance.

How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
I would use the word "busy" eight times.

What is your motto or maxim?
To paraphrase the existentialists - life is what you make it. Which amounts to a practical kind of karma, I suppose.

How would you describe perfect happiness?
A fire, a good chair and a new Stephen King book. Or the moment the soundchecks finish and the band take to the stage. Or sunset on the mountains, with weary feet, and the lights of a pub ahead. Or the sound of a breakbeat. Or a very sweet tea, anywhere in the Middle East, at any time of day.

What’s your greatest fear?
Not being good.

Which living person do you most admire?
Haruki Murakami. Stephen King. Anyone who works for Medecins sans Frontieres or Amnesty International.

What are your most overused words or phrases?
"Apparently".

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
The abillity to play a musical instrument well. Also, the ability to speak all languages fluently.

What is your greatest achievement?
Meeting my wife.

If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
I wouldn't mind being Simon Cowell. I could make The X-Factor go away. Not to mention R&B flavoured pop music.

What trait is most noticeable about you?
I have no idea. My hair? It's usually quite big, because I keep forgetting to have it cut. I look like the freakish son of Tom Hanks and David Hasselhoff.

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Sally Lockhart.

Who is your favourite fictional villain?
Steerpike. (Also hero.)

If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
I'd like to meet Shakespeare and I'd ask him how to write better.

What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Reading? Actually probably sleeping, to be honest.

What’s your fantasy profession?
Bestselling and universally admired author.

What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
Compassion. Empathy. Humour.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Chocolate, in any form.

What are your 5 favourite songs?
Hmmm. "Beat It"; "Here, There and Everywhere" by the Beatles; "U-Mass" by the Pixies; "Heartbeat" by Annie and "Etched Headplate" by Burial

On Books and Writing:

Who are your favourite authors?
Haruki Murakami. Stephen King. Neil Gaiman. Margaret Atwood. Joan Didion. Ismail Kadare. Philip Reeve. Philip Pullman. Meg Rosoff.

What are your 5 favourite books of all time?

Tough one. I guess... Middlemarch; Coraline; For Whom the Bell Tolls; the collected works of Shakespeare... and Little, Big, by John Crowley - the single most unfairly overlooked, beautiful, miraculous and magical book I know.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
I wouldn't presume to think of myself as someone anyone might look to for advice! But I suppose I'd tell them to read as much as possible, in as many genres as possible.

What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
"You're very... imaginative aren't you." I think they mean I'm strange.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Nick Lake

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month. This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a murderer on the loose in Cassie's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
Lovereading Price: £6.39
There Will be Lies by Nick Lake
Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of narrative into a richly woven single thread. Seventeen-year-old Shelby Cooper has always been very protected by her mother; she guesses it is partly because she is deaf, partly because...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
Lovereading Price: £6.39
There Will be Lies by Nick Lake
Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Truth and lies collide in a superbly twisty, heart-in-mouth thriller. Nick Lake's masterful storytelling and narrative trickery gives There Will Be Lies genuine crossover appeal and will appeal to anyone who wants to be surprised as they read. Julia...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Hostage Three
Nick Lake
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel. Amy is dealing with a host of problems when her father suddenly springs a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
Lovereading Price: £5.59
In Darkness by Nick Lake
In Darkness
Nick Lake
Survival is at the heart of the criss-crossing stories in this powerful time slip novel set in Haiti. Shorty, fifteen and living in desperate poverty in Site Solay, is trapped in rubble after the collapse of everything he knows in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
Lovereading Price: £6.39
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Hostage Three
Nick Lake
A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel. Amy is dealing with a host of problems when her father suddenly springs a trip of a lifetime on her. Having no choice, she unwillingly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/01/2013
Lovereading Price: £10.39
In Darkness by Nick Lake
In Darkness
Nick Lake
Hugely original, this is an utterly gripping and deeply moving story set in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Trapped and bleeding in a bombed out hospital, Shorty tells the story of his brief life. Brought up in a slum city notable for...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/01/2012
Lovereading Price: £10.39
Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
Blood Ninja
Nick Lake
An exciting read with a really lovely premise, that the extraordinary skill and speed of ninjas come from the fact that they are all vampires. This blending of genres really works. It’s officially a young adult’s read but it has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2010
Lovereading Price: £5.59

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