Get 2 top 10 audiobooks free with a LoveReading exclusive

LoveReading has teamed up with Audiobooks.com to give you the chance to get 2 free audiobooks when you sign up. Try it for 30 days for free with no strings attached. You can cancel anytime, although we're sure you'll love it. Click the button to find out more:

Find out more

William Nicholson - Author

About the Author

William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He was educated at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channelled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society's Writer's Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony-award winning run on Broadway. He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Since then he has written more films - Sarafina, Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl, and Gladiator (as co-writer), for which he received a second Oscar nomination. He has written and directed his own film, Firelight; and three further stage plays, Map of the Heart, Katherine Howard and The Retreat from Moscow. His novel for older children, The Wind Singer, won the Smarties Prize Gold Award on publication in 2000, and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2001. Its sequel, Slaves of the Mastery, was published in May 2001, and the final volume in the Wind on Fire trilogy, Firesong was published in May 2002. A further epic trilogy – Noble Warriors – has seen been published to much acclaim and began with The Seeker, continued with Jango and culminates in Noman. He lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia and their three children.

Q&A

Where do you get your ideas?
There’s where, and there’s how. Where is easy to answer. The material that forms my ideas comes from my life, from the people round me, from the books I read, and more than I sometimes realise, from newspapers and magazines. I pick up a lot of strange stuff from news reports. Also of course, travel opens the mind to other ways of doing things, and I have travelled a lot in my life.
 
But then, when you have such a vast mass of trivia lodged somewhere in the memory, how do you pull out the bits you need at the time you need them?
I find the answer is day-dreaming. Often I know what I want to happen next, but not how or where it will happen. For example, I might know I want my hero to face a terrible danger - but what danger? So I let myself daydream. I let the situation float about in my head for a while, sometimes for days. Then along comes some random thought that goes click! and connects. It’s not quite as random as it seems. By preparing, by being ready, the useful idea has somewhere to go when it comes along. I think it’s important not to force this process; and equally important to be willing to make changes later, when a better idea surfaces. Finally, there’s something about this having-ideas game that people often forget to mention: it’s blissfully satisfying.

What inspired you to write ‘The Wind Singer, your first novel for teenagers’?
There were two spurs to writing the first book. One was simply a desire to write something for myself, not for a film production company, in which I could make anything happen – anything at all. I wanted the fun of invention, of story-telling my way. The second spur was an irritation with the amount of tests my children were put through at school. I don’t like or value exams, and I hate to see the way children are being judged by their performance at these strange rituals. So I invented a world that took the obsession with exams to its logical extreme, and started writing. Then of course, the story went off in unexpected directions. And that’s the fun of writing. Who is your favourite character? I love all my characters, of course, but I have a way of loving best the ones I've been writing most recently. So that means I love Seeker, Morning Star and the Wildman most right now.

How do you come up with the names of your characters?
I take a lot of trouble over names. Often I’ll change a character’s name several times during the writing of the book, until it settles down and feels right. The meaning of the name, or the associations of the sound, have to connect with the character – so Kestrel is fast and dangerous and beautiful, like the hawk, and Mumpo is mumbly and pooey, at least to start with. Also I try to give people from the same group similar names. All the Manth people have names ending in –th or –ch or –sh, and all the mud people have names ending in –um. This is very much what happens in the real world.

How long does it take you to write your books?
It all depends how many other things I’m writing at the same time – I also write film scripts, and plays – but in general, a book takes me about a year to finish. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes, I have. Even as a child of five I was trying to write books. But it’s taken another forty-five years to get anyone to publish them.

Did you know The Wind Singer would be part of a trilogy?
When I started writing The Wind Singer, I thought of it as one book. I didn’t know if anyone would like it or want to publish it. Then when it was accepted by a publisher, I realised there were many unanswered questions in the story. So then I planned the other two books. Are your characters based on real people? None of my characters are direct portraits of real people, but nothing comes from nowhere, so of course there are characteristics in them from people I know. The person I use most in creating characters is myself. I have many different types of people inside me – so do you – so does everybody. I’m shy and I’m confident. I’m gorgeous and I’m hideous. I’m young and I’m old. I’m male and I’m female, and sometimes I’m a cow or a pig. It’s all there if you look for it.

What tips would you give someone starting out as a writer?
If you want to write books, you have to do two things: read books, and write. It sounds obvious, but only by writing a lot will you get any good. The better the books you read, the better your own writing will be. Then it’s just a matter of keeping on writing. You won’t get good by giving up. I was useless for a long time, but slowly I got better. You can do it too. If you feel strong enough, show your work to others, and listen to their criticisms. It hurts - but if you listen, you'll get better.

What is your favourite book by another author?
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

Featured books by William Nicholson

The Lovers of Amherst

The Lovers of Amherst

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

August 1881: An attractive young married woman, Mabel Todd, arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband David, recently appointed assistant professor at Amherst College. The treasurer of the college is Austin Dickinson, the most respected citizen of the town, a married man with three children. Austin's sister Emily lives as a recluse in the Homestead, the house next-door to Austin's family. Over the months that follow the Todds' arrival, Austin falls passionately in love with Mabel, and she with him. October 2013: Alice Dickinson, 24 years old, is struggling with her failure to find a boyfriend. At the same time she wants to escape her copy-writing job and make a living as a screenwriter. She takes time off work to research a screenplay on a story that has fascinated her since college days, where a love of Emily Dickinson's poems was triggered by the coincidence of her own surname.The story is the illicit love affair between Austin Dickinson and Mabel Todd. The novel interweaves the stories of these two love affairs: the unfolding one between Alice and Nick, an older man she meets in Amherst, and the original love affair between Austin and Mabel, observed by Emily.

Reckless

Reckless

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration. A little girl, Pamela, is growing up fast. A young Englishman, Rupert Blundell, vows there'll be no more wars. Both are waiting for their lives to begin. Then comes Hiroshima. Finally, devastatingly, the war is over. 1962. Rupert is now strategic advisor to Lord Mountbatten, and his close confidant. Pamela is eighteen and has moved to London, eager for love and experience of every kind. There'll be parties at Cliveden, Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, the Astors. Life is a whirlwind. But beneath the glamour lies quiet, desperate terror, as the Cuban missile crisis unfolds and the world spins ever closer to nuclear war. Reckless is a gripping novel set against the world in crisis, by a superb novelist at the height of his powers.

The Lovers of Amherst

The Lovers of Amherst

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2015

August 1881: An attractive young married woman, Mabel Todd, arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband David, recently appointed assistant professor at Amherst College. The treasurer of the college is Austin Dickinson, the most respected citizen of the town, a married man with three children. Austin's sister Emily lives as a recluse in the Homestead, the house next-door to Austin's family. Over the months that follow the Todds' arrival, Austin falls passionately in love with Mabel, and she with him. October 2013: Alice Dickinson, 24 years old, is struggling with her failure to find a boyfriend. At the same time she wants to escape her copy-writing job and make a living as a screenwriter. She takes time off work to research a screenplay on a story that has fascinated her since college days, where a love of Emily Dickinson's poems was triggered by the coincidence of her own surname.The story is the illicit love affair between Austin Dickinson and Mabel Todd. The novel interweaves the stories of these two love affairs: the unfolding one between Alice and Nick, an older man she meets in Amherst, and the original love affair between Austin and Mabel, observed by Emily.

Reckless

Reckless

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2014

1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration. A little girl, Pamela, is growing up fast. A young Englishman, Rupert Blundell, vows there'll be no more wars. Both are waiting for their lives to begin. Then comes Hiroshima. Finally, devastatingly, the war is over. 1962. Rupert is now strategic advisor to Lord Mountbatten, and his close confidant. Pamela is eighteen and has moved to London, eager for love and experience of every kind. There'll be parties at Cliveden, Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, the Astors. Life is a whirlwind. But beneath the glamour lies quiet, desperate terror, as the Cuban missile crisis unfolds and the world spins ever closer to nuclear war. Reckless is a gripping novel set against the world in crisis, by a superb novelist at the height of his powers.

Motherland

Motherland

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

In the summer of 1942, Kitty is an ambulance driver stationed in Sussex. She meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer under the command of Mountbatten. Kitty falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. The love triangle is set. However, the impact of the war is yet to hit. When it does, it will be devastating, both for those overseas and those left to fight at home.

Other books by William Nicholson

The Square Book of Animals

The Square Book of Animals

Author: William Nicholson, Arthur Waugh, William Randolph Hearst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2018

The Square Book of Animals

The Square Book of Animals

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2018

The Square Book of Animals

The Square Book of Animals

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2018

Motherland

Motherland

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2018

Summer, 1942. Kitty, an army driver stationed in Sussex, meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer with Combined Ops. She falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. Both men go off to war, and Ed wins the highest military honor for his bravery. But sometimes heroes don't make the best husbands. Motherland follows Kitty, Ed, and Larry from wartime England and the brutally tragic Dieppe raid to Nazi-occupied France, India after the war, and Jamaica before independence. Against this ever-changing backdrop-as they witness history being made and participate in the smaller dramas of romance, friendship, and parenthood-these three friends make choices that will determine the challenges and triumphs of their lives. But the insistent current running through all they experience is the unacknowledged tension of the love triangle that binds them together and must somehow be resolved. Written by an award-winning screenwriter whose novels have earned extraordinary critical praise, Motherland is a compelling, page-turning narrative brimming with stunning war scenes, pageantry, politics, and questions about faith and art, as well as quiet, intimate moments of passion, doubt, and longing. Above all, it is a great love story about three people struggling to find happiness and meaning amid war and its aftermath.

The First Principles of Chemistry. by William Nicholson

The First Principles of Chemistry. by William Nicholson

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/2018

The Life of William Nicholson, 1753-1815 A Memoir of Enlightenment, Commerce, Politics, Arts and Science

The Life of William Nicholson, 1753-1815 A Memoir of Enlightenment, Commerce, Politics, Arts and Science

Author: William Nicholson, Frank James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

A prominent member of a flourishing scientific and literary community, William Nicholson, author, patent agent and civil engineer, founded a widely-circulated journal (universally known as 'Nicholson's Journal'), which helped establish Humphry Davy's reputation. He was the first person to decompose water by electrolysis and was the inventor of cylindrical printing. Despite this, little has been written about his colourful life. This memoir, written by his son in 1868, now published for the first time, revisits London's rich cultural scene at the end of the eighteenth century, documenting Nicholson's overlooked part in this milieu of consilience and revolution. From inventions and significant contributions to science, to his work in literature and his friendships with the leading lights of the period, such as Sir Joseph Banks, Thomas Holcroft and William Godwin (he was invited to make a phrenological study of the infant Mary Shelley), William Nicholson's life reads as a microcosm of an Enlightenment making way for Romanticism. Bringing together Jacobin intrigue and a cast of familiar characters, it will please historians of the era and historians of science alike

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

With pace, wit and a beady eye, Adventures in Modern Marriage revisits the characters from Nicholson's highly acclaimed The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. But now the children are grown up, and the adults are older, though not always wiser. Here is a big-hearted novel about life and love in the bestselling vein of Colm Toibin and Nick Hornby 'So incredibly accurate and true. Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives ... and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence' Kate Mosse on The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Focusing on Henry and Laura Broad and their daughter Carrie, this is a minute - but in true Nicholson style, extraordinarily empathetic - dissection of relationships and what keeps them going. It is an acute and compassionate look at male mid-life crises, female sexual desire, death and the fear of it, children and the trouble with them - all the things we battle with every day.

The Wind Singer

The Wind Singer

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The first book in William Nicholson's award-winning fantasy adventure series, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Mortal Engines and Star Wars. `Gloriously cinematic and completely enthralling' - Independent This Modern Classic edition contains special bonus material. I hate school! I hate ratings! I won't reach higher! I won't strive harder! I won't make tomorrow better than today! In the walled city state of Aramanth, rules are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth . . . 'In terms of imagination and sheer scale, it's as ambitious as books get . . . think Star Wars and then some' - Daily Telegraph Fantasy books for children don't get more spectacular than The Wind Singer. William Nicholson's Wind on Fire trilogy has been translated into over 25 languages and won prizes including the Blue Peter Book Award and Smarties Prize Gold Award. One of the greatest writers of our time, William Nicholson has not only sold millions of children's books worldwide, but has also written for the screen and the stage, including the Oscar-winning film Gladiator and the BAFTA-winning play Shadowlands.

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

'Nicholson's insight into the female mind is uncanny' The Times 'A sexy, involving, thought-provoking delight' Daily Mail 'A fine, tenderly written tale' Mail on Sunday 'Nicholson is a masterly writer, this a thoroughly engaging novel' Scotsman With pace, wit and a beady eye, Adventures in Modern Marriage revisits the characters from Nicholson's highly acclaimed The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. But now the children are grown up, and the adults are older, though not always wiser. Here is a big-hearted novel about life and love in the bestselling vein of Colm Toibin and Nick Hornby 'So incredibly accurate and true. Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives ... and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence' Kate Mosse on The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Focusing on Henry and Laura Broad and their daughter Carrie, this is a minute - but in true Nicholson style, extraordinarily empathetic - dissection of relationships and what keeps them going. It is an acute and compassionate look at male mid-life crises, female sexual desire, death and the fear of it, children and the trouble with them - all the things we battle with every day.

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Adventures in Modern Marriage

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

With pace, wit and a beady eye, Adventures in Modern Marriage revisits the characters from Nicholson's highly acclaimed The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. But now the children are grown up, and the adults are older, though not always wiser. Here is a big-hearted novel about life and love in the bestselling vein of Colm Toibin and Nick Hornby 'So incredibly accurate and true. Utterly captures the sense of quiet desperation of ordinary lives ... and the ways in which life turns on a sixpence' Kate Mosse on The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life Focusing on Henry and Laura Broad and their daughter Carrie, this is a minute - but in true Nicholson style, extraordinarily empathetic - dissection of relationships and what keeps them going. It is an acute and compassionate look at male mid-life crises, female sexual desire, death and the fear of it, children and the trouble with them - all the things we battle with every day.

The Lovers of Amherst

The Lovers of Amherst

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

August 1881: An attractive young married woman, Mabel Todd, arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband David, recently appointed assistant professor at Amherst College. The treasurer of the college is Austin Dickinson, the most respected citizen of the town, a married man with three children. Austin's sister Emily lives as a recluse in the Homestead, the house next-door to Austin's family. Over the months that follow the Todds' arrival, Austin falls passionately in love with Mabel, and she with him. October 2013: Alice Dickinson, 24 years old, is struggling with her failure to find a boyfriend. At the same time she wants to escape her copy-writing job and make a living as a screenwriter. She takes time off work to research a screenplay on a story that has fascinated her since college days, where a love of Emily Dickinson's poems was triggered by the coincidence of her own surname.The story is the illicit love affair between Austin Dickinson and Mabel Todd. The novel interweaves the stories of these two love affairs: the unfolding one between Alice and Nick, an older man she meets in Amherst, and the original love affair between Austin and Mabel, observed by Emily.

Clever Bill

Clever Bill

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/06/2016

A beautiful brand new hardback edition of one of the greatest children's books of all time, from the renowned artist William Nicholson, illustrator of The Velveteen Rabbit. The perfect balance of words and pictures, this charming story of a busy day and a forgotten toy paved the way for the modern picture book and still manages to capture the heart with its winning simplicity and uniquely gripping story. A brilliant piece . . . never fails to grip three- and four-year-olds. Shirley Hughes Clever Bill, I have long felt, is among the few perfect picture books for children. Maurice Sendak Sir William Nicholson was a distinguished British artist and graphic illustrator. He was renowned for his images of the famous, from Queen Victoria and Rudyard Kipling to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt. He illustrated Margery Williams' classic children's book The Velveteen Rabbit which was published to great acclaim in 1922. Nicholson went on to write and illustrate two more children's books, Clever Bill and The Pirate Twins.

Anyafold

Anyafold

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

A Gladiator forgatokonyvirojanak lenyugozo szerelmi tortenete. "e;A szuleink - ahogy korabban az o szuleik is - ismertek a szerelem erzeset meg azelott, hogy mi a vilagra jottunk volna. Konnyen lehetseges, hogy a szerelemhez valo viszonyunkat ugy orokoljuk, akarcsak a szemunk szinet. Az oromot, amely atjar bennunket, ereztek mar; ahogy a tevedeseinket is elkovettek azelott. Magunkban hordozzuk a minket eletre hivo generaciok remenyet es felelmeit. Ismeretlen anyafoldunk ez, amelynek partjairol folyamatosan menekulni akarunk, megis - oly remenytelenul - mindig husegesek maradunk hozza."e; Egy fajdalmas szakitas utan Alice Normandiaba utazik, hogy talalkozzon sosem latott nagyanyjaval. Az asszony elmeseli neki, hogy a csaladjaban minden multbeli nehezseg ellenere egyszer fellangolt az igaz szerelem, s a tortenetet meg is osztja unokajaval. A regeny ennek a szenvedelyes kapcsolatnak a tortenete. Kitty katonai soforkent 1942 nyaran Sussexben allomasozik, ahol megismerkedik Eddel, a tengereszgyalogosok tisztjevel es Larryvel, a hadmuveleti parancsnoksag osszekoto tisztjevel. Kitty azonnal beleszeret Edbe, aki viszonozza a lany erzelmeit. Larry azonban ugyanigy erez. Az angolok hamarosan tengeri tamadast inditanak a nemet megszallas alatt allo eszak-franciaorszagi Dieppe partjainal. A hadmuvelet a vilaghaboru egyik legnagyobb katasztrofajanak bizonyul, s orokre megvaltoztatja Ed es Larry eletet is. A II. vilaghaboru szornyusegei kozepette letezhet-e boldogsag Kitty szamara, s ha igen, vajon kinek az oldalan? "e;Mely es megindito regeny."e; (Guardian) "e;Nicholson regenyei nyoman az ember atgondolja, mit is jelent embernek lenni. Konyveit mindig magasztos hangulatban fejezzuk be."e; (Sunday Times) "e;Nicholson kiveteles ereje abban rejlik, hogy kepes az olvasoval megertetni es megszerettetni a szereploit... A moral es a szerelem foglalkoztatja leginkabb - temak, amelyek minden nagy regenyirot megihlettek. Orom olyan kortars iroval talalkozni, aki mindketto irant szenvedelyesen elkotelezett."e; (Elizabeth Jane Howard) "e;Oriasi regeny, amely csodalatos modon erteti meg velunk, milyen volt az elet a haboru elotti es utani Nagy-Britanniaban."e; (Julia Gregson) Olvasson bele: Reszlet a konyvbol A Konyvjelzo magazin 2013. novemberi szamaban megjelent cikk: A sajat fajtamrol irok

The First Principles of Chemistry

The First Principles of Chemistry

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2015

A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts

A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2015

The Square Book of Animals

The Square Book of Animals

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

The Square Book of Animals

The Square Book of Animals

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

The Society Of Others

The Society Of Others

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

He has nowhere to go...so he goes there. An alienated young man can see no meaning in life. He doesn't even see the point of getting out of bed in the morning. To escape from his family he decides to set off on a hitchhiking adventure around Europe, and is picked up by a friendly lorry driver with an unusual interest in philosophy. The journey takes him through a violent and Kafkaesque nightmare to a destination that changes his life.

Reckless

Reckless

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration. A little girl, Pamela, is growing up fast. A young Englishman, Rupert Blundell, vows there'll be no more wars. Both are waiting for their lives to begin. Then comes Hiroshima. Finally, devastatingly, the war is over. 1962. Rupert is now strategic advisor to Lord Mountbatten, and his close confidant. Pamela is eighteen and has moved to London, eager for love and experience of every kind. There'll be parties at Cliveden, Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, the Astors. Life is a whirlwind. But beneath the glamour lies quiet, desperate terror, as the Cuban missile crisis unfolds and the world spins ever closer to nuclear war. Reckless is a gripping novel set against the world in crisis, by a superb novelist at the height of his powers.

Motherland

Motherland

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

In the summer of 1942, Kitty is an ambulance driver stationed in Sussex. She meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer under the command of Mountbatten. Kitty falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. The love triangle is set. However, the impact of the war is yet to hit. When it does, it will be devastating, both for those overseas and those left to fight at home.

Motherland

Motherland

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 09/04/2013

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

Wind Singer

Wind Singer

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2012

The Smarties Award-winning novel, read by the author. "e;I hate school! I hate ratings! I won't reach higher! I won't strive harder! I won't make tomorrow better than today!"e;In the walled city of Aramanth, exams are everything - not only for children, but for whole families. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel discovers that life in Aramanth was once different - and if she can find the secret of the Wind Singer, maybe life can change for the better once more. So she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey - to the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth...

Slaves Of The Mastery

Slaves Of The Mastery

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2012

Every time I touch the future I grow weaker. My gift is my disease. I shall die of prophecy. Five years have passed. The city of Aramanth has become kinder - weaker. When the ruthless soldiers of the Mastery strike, the city is burned, and the Manth people are taken into slavery. Kestrel Hath is left behind, separated from her beloved brother Bowman, and vowing revenge. Now Kestrel must find Bowman again, and Bowman mus learn the secrets of the Singer people. Only then will they break the power of the Mastery.

Firesong

Firesong

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 06/12/2012

The final part of the Wind on Fire trilogy, read by the author. Fire in the sky! Signs and wonders! The end days are coming!It is the time of cruelty. In the face of starvation, blizzards and the evil Morah, the Manth people have left the ruined Mastery to seek their homeland. Only Ira Hath can lead them there and she grows weak... Kestrel dreads reaching the homeland. She is afraid of what it will mean for her mother - and why does she feel so alone? Bowman eagerly awaits the summons from the Sirene and prepares to make the final sacrifice for his people, his family. And all the while, the wind is rising...

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

She loves him. She's happy. But could she be happier? 'Capturing humour in the small, perfectly skewered moments of everyday life, this is a story of small, largely middle-class lives enclave, made golden by the light that Nicholson shines on them' Sunday Times 'Nicholson is a subtle and addictive writer who deserves to be a household name' Observer Maggie and Andrew are lovers who live apart - Maggie in the country, Andrew in town. When Andrew is offered a job close to Maggie, moving in with her is the obvious next step. Or is it? Is this the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with? Maggie panics. She ends their relationship, devastating Andrew. But when he turns the tables on her, she begins to see him differently. Meanwhile, Maggie's Sussex neighbours are living through their own intense dilemmas. The stories of Maggie and other characters entwine in a continuous dance over seven golden days of high summer - a human kaleidoscope that captures how passionate yet mundane, painful yet comic our everyday lives can be. These are seven golden days of summer ... time enough for relationships to change for ever...

The Trial Of True Love

The Trial Of True Love

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Does falling in love at first sight ever really happen? A chance meeting on a bridge sends commitment-phobic Bron into unknown territory as he falls desperately in love with the enigmatic Flora. He drops everything to pursue her around Europe. But all his obsessive research in to the art and literature of love brings him no closer to winning Flora's heart. In this gripping, searching novel of ideas, William Nicholson weaves an intricate tale of suspense as he tries to pin down what men and women really want.

Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry & the Arts

Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry & the Arts

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2011

The Hour of Magic and Other Poems

The Hour of Magic and Other Poems

Author: William Nicholson, W H Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

The Income Tax ACT, Epitomized and Simplified ... Twenty-Second Thousand.

The Income Tax ACT, Epitomized and Simplified ... Twenty-Second Thousand.

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2011

Crash

Crash

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2010

Crash is a contemporary, satirical comedy, probing the feelings behind and reaction to the economic crisis and the people who caused it. The play follows a reunion of sorts, but on the basis of the characters' current situations, their common ground is at best elusive. Nick is a Securities Trader for Goldman Sachs and collector of art. Humphrey is an artist with ethics and a cheque he's not sure he should cash. And Christine is the beautiful girl they both loved, but Humphrey married. All together again, in Nick's Elizabethan mansion, getting ready to celebrate the unveiling of a new sculpture. But under the surface Humphrey is angry. Angry in the same way that the whole world is angry, angry about how people like Nick seem to have got away with causing a financial meltdown that affected everyone, but still manage to bank their bonuses. William Nicholson is the Tony and Academy award nominated author of Shadowlands and screenwriter on Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age as well as an acclaimed novelist. His new play seethes with the fury of a nation duped, alongside some sharp political humour about art, Collateralised Debt Obligations and ramblers.

The First Principles of Chemistry. by William Nicholson

The First Principles of Chemistry. by William Nicholson

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2010

Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry & the Arts

Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry & the Arts

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2009

The Poetical Works of William Nicholson

The Poetical Works of William Nicholson

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2009

The Poetical Works of William Nicholson

The Poetical Works of William Nicholson

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2009

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

An Exposition of the Catechism of the Church of England

Author: William Nicholson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

The Wind Singer

The Wind Singer

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

The second book in William Nicholson's award-winning epic fantasy series, Wind on Fire. `Gloriously cinematic and completely enthralling' - Independent I hate school! I hate ratings! I won't reach higher! I won't strive harder! I won't make tomorrow better than today! In the walled city state of Aramanth, rules are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth . . . Fantasy books for children don't get more spectacular than The Wind Singer. Since first publication, William Nicholson's Wind on Fire trilogy has been translated into over 25 languages and won prizes including the Blue Peter Book Award and Smarties Prize Gold Award. One of the greatest writers of our time, William Nicholson's has not only sold millions of children's books worldwide, he also written for the screen and the stage, including the Oscar-winning film Gladiator and the BAFTA-winning play Shadowlands.

Slaves of the Mastery

Slaves of the Mastery

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

The second book in William Nicholson's award-winning epic fantasy series, Wind on Fire. `Gloriously cinematic and completely enthralling' - Independent Five years have passed. The city of Aramanth has become kinder - weaker. When ruthless soldiers of the Mastery strike, the city is burned, and the Manth people taken into slavery. Kestrel is left, separated from her brother Bowman, and vowing revenge . . . Fantasy books for children don't get more spectacular than Slaves of the Mastery. Since first publication, William Nicholson's Wind on Fire trilogy has been translated into over 25 languages and won prizes including the Blue Peter Book Award and Smarties Prize Gold Award. One of the greatest writers of our time, William Nicholson has not only sold millions of children's books worldwide, he also written for the screen and the stage, including the Oscar-winning film Gladiator and the BAFTA-winning play Shadowlands.

Seeker

Seeker

Author: William Nicholson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2006

On the rocky island of Anacrea, in a garden within the great castle-monastery called the Nom, lives the All and Only, the god who made all things. He is protected by an elite band of fighter monks. These are the Nomana, the Noble Warriors. Seeker, who lives on the island, is now sixteen, at last old enough to follow his brother into the ranks of the Nomana. Far away, Morning Star, also just sixteen, is leaving home to achieve her lifelong wish to join the Nomana. And when a beautiful, violent river bandit known as the Wildman finds himself helpless before two Nomana, he, too, is determined to become a Noble Warrior. But these are dangerous times. Secret enemies have sworn to destroy Anacrea, and in the imperial city of Radiance, where human sacrifices are thrown to their deaths every evening, elaborate plans to attack the Nom are in place. Soon, in a shocking turn of events, Seeker, Morning Star, and the Wildman are caught up in a bloody and harrowing race to save the god of the Nomana and themselves from destruction.

Katherine Howard

Katherine Howard

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1999

Opening on the wedding night of Henry VIII and his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, and closing with the execution of his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, found guilty of adultery, Nicholson's play takes a slice of Tudor history and turns it into pure theatrical magic. A touching May-to-September romance; political intrigue, plots and betrayals; a pointed and sometimes comic portrayal of women's lives in Tudor times: all these, and more, are elements of this entertaining, thoughtful, intelligent play.-4 women, 7 men

Map of the Heart

Map of the Heart

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/1991

Albie, dissatisfied with his life, decides to perform charitable work in the Sudan with his doctor lover, Mary, but his decision has damaging repercussions on those around him, especially his wife, Ruth. Whilst in the Sudan, Albie is held hostage leaving Ruth and Mary to poignantly take stock of their emotions.4 women, 4 men

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Author: William Nicholson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/12/1990

Jack Lewis is smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until Joy and her young son enter his life and the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract finally confronts its direct presence.

Author Info

Author's Website

http://www.williamnicholson.co.uk/05/index.asp

Facebook Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Facebook updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more
NEW INDIE AND SELF PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEW AND PROMOTION SERVICE LAUNCHED!    Read More
×