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David Nicholls - Author

About the Author

David Nicholls trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His TV credits include the third series of Cold Feet, Rescue Me, and I Saw You, as well as a much-praised modern version of Much Ado About Nothing and an adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, both for BBC TV. David has continued to write for film and TV as well as writing novels, and he has twice been nominated for BAFTA awards.

David's bestselling first novel, STARTER FOR TEN, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2004, and David has written the screenplays for film versions of both STARTER FOR TEN (released in 2006, starring James McAvoy) and THE UNDERSTUDY (not yet released). His third novel, ONE DAY, was published in hardback in 2009 to extraordinary critical acclaim, and stayed in the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list for ten weeks on publication.

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Noi

Noi

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2015

In ciuda stangaciei si a manierelor usor necioplite, Douglas Petersen, de profesie biochimist, da dovada de un simt al umorului care o seduce pe frumoasa Connie, artista in devenire, si o convinge sa se casatoreasca cu el. Acum, la trei decenii de la inceputul relatiei lor, Connie il anunta pe Douglas ca se gandeste sa divorteze. Totusi, nu se simte in stare sa anuleze calatoria in Europa planificata pentru a incuraja inclinatiile artistice ale fiului lor de saptesprezece ani. Iar Douglas, in adancul fiintei lui, este convins ca acest voiaj le va reaprinde dragostea si il va ajuta sa-si refaca relatia cu fiul sau.De pe strA zile Amsterdamului n faimoasele muzee ale Parisului, din cafenelele veneE iene pe nsoritele plaje din Barcelona, odiseea lui Douglas Petersen nsufleE eE te bA trna EuropA pe mA surA ce el experimenteazA propria trezire la viaE A .CrizA a vrstei a doua, crizA a cuplului, crizA a adolescenE ei: Noi nseamnA voi...Nichols jongleazA cu tema iubirii pierdute E i, poate, regA site, oferindu-ne un final cu totul neaE teptat... "e; - New York TimesUn roman grozav... Nicholls este un maestru al relaE iilor nuanE ate. Este, de asemenea, expert n construirea unei poveE ti inteligente, aE a cum a dovedit ncA din bestsellerul O zi, romanul sA u anterior."e; - Entertainment Weekly

understudy

understudy

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 08/06/2015

Stiven - neudachnik po zhizni: kar'era aktera ne slozhilas', zhena brosila, doch' osuzhdaet. Dzhosh, naoborot, udachliv. On krasiv, vsemirno izvesten, udivitel'no talantliv, schastlivo zhenat. V p'ese o Bajrone Dzhosh blistaet v glavnoj roli. A Stiven ego scenicheskij dubler. No tak kak Dzhosh udruchayushche zdorov, to dazhe posle nochnyh kutezhej nikogda ne sryval spektakl' i vsegda, k vostorgu zritelej, vyhodil na scenu. Stiven podozrevaet, chto emu ne suzhdeno poyavit'sya na scene v kostyume Bajrona. On chuvstvuet, chto ego zhizn' okonchena. Na vecherinke u Dzhosha Stiven znakomitsya s krasivoj, ostroumnoj zhenshchinoj. No i tut emu ne vezet: Nora - zhenshchina, kotoroj on otdal svoe serdce, - zhena Dzhosha. Pered Stivenom stoit nelegkij vybor: prinyat' zamanchivoe predlozhenie Dzhosha ili priznat'sya Nore v lyubvi i postavit' krest na svoej kar'ere v shou-biznese. Gotov li on byt' vechnym dublerom?..Vpervye na russkom yazyke!

Us

Us

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014. Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?

Gazprom An Energy Giant and Its Challenges in Europe

Gazprom An Energy Giant and Its Challenges in Europe

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2014

This detailed case study of Gazprom explores motivation behind the company's foreign policies, it's strategies and tactics. It examines the challenges Gazprom faces in the European market and emphasizes the role of politics in Russsia's gas trade.

Us

Us

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2014

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.The timing couldnt be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the worlds greatest works of art as a family, and she cant bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.Narrated from Douglass endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son whos always felt like a stranger.

Us

Us

Author: David Nicholls Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/09/2014

Douglas Petersen's family is on the brink of dissolution. His marriage of twenty-one years to Connie is almost over. When autumn comes around, their son Albie will leave for college. Connie has decided to leave soon after. But before everything falls apart, there's still the summer holidays to get through - a Grand Tour of Europe's major cities - and over the course of the journey, Douglas devises a plan to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with his son.

Starter for Ten

Starter for Ten

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2014

V shestnadcat' let vse perezhivaniya Brajana Dzheksona byli svyazany s tem, chto v ego zhizni ne budet nichego bolee dostojnogo, chistogo, blagorodnogo i pravil'nogo, chem ocenki na vypusknyh ehkzamenah srednej shkoly. A v vosemnadcat' on, postupiv v universitet, schitaet, chto stal namnogo mudree, i spokojnee smotrit na zhizn'. Teper' ego ambicii prostirayutsya gorazdo dal'she: on mechtaet obzavestis' original'noj ideej, chtoby na nego obratili vnimanie, a eshche on strastno zhelaet zavoevat' serdce devushki svoej mechty, s kotoroj vmeste uchitsya. Emu kazhetsya, chto samyj prostoj sposob osushchestvit' ehto - vsego lish' probit'sya v universitetskuyu komandu dlya uchastiya v telekonkurse i proslavit'sya svoimi otvetami. No Brajan dazhe ne dogadyvaetsya, chto samyj slozhnyj vopros zadast emu zhizn': kakova raznica mezhdu znaniem i mudrost'yu? Roman "e;Vopros na desyat' ballov byl s uspekhom ehkranizirovan britanskimi kinematografistami sovmestno s gollivudskimi kollegami. Scenarij k fil'mu byl napisan Dehvidom Nikolsom, a glavnye roli v kartine s bleskom sygrali Dzhejms Makehvoj i Benedikt Kamberbehtch. Dehvid Nikols ne ostanovilsya na dostignutom i napisal scenarij po eshche odnomu svoemu romanu "e;Odin den', po kotoromu v 2011 godu byl snyat odnoimennyj fil'm s velikolepnoj EHnn Hehtehuehj, obladatel'nicej "e;Oskara, v glavnoj roli.

Macmillan Readers One Day Intermediate Reader WIthout CD

Macmillan Readers One Day Intermediate Reader WIthout CD

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/11/2011

The Macmillan Readers series are carefully graded from Starter to Upper Intermediate (A1-B2) to help students choose the right reading material for their ability. Our list of titles includes great stories from both contemporary and classic authors. 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their university graduation. Soon their lives will go in separate directions. But where will they be on 15 July of the following year, and the year after that? One Day is a wonderful and moving love story which takes place over the decades of the eighties and nineties.

Macmillan Readers One Day Intermediate Reader WIthout CD

Macmillan Readers One Day Intermediate Reader WIthout CD

Author: David Nicholls Format: Board book Release Date: 29/11/2011

The Macmillan Readers series are carefully graded from Starter to Upper Intermediate (A1-B2) to help students choose the right reading material for their ability. Our list of titles includes great stories from both contemporary and classic authors. 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their university graduation. Soon their lives will go in separate directions. But where will they be on 15 July of the following year, and the year after that? One Day is a wonderful and moving love story which takes place over the decades of the eighties and nineties.

One Day

One Day

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2010

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring ANNE HATHAWAY and JIM STURGESSIt's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same dayJuly 15thof each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself."e;One of the most hilarious and emotionally riveting love stories you'll ever encounter."e;People#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

One Day

One Day

Author: David Nicholls Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/02/2010

'ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic' - Daily Mirror Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. The multi-million copy bestseller that captures the experiences of a generation. 'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Abridged. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

One Day

One Day

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

'ONE DAY is destined to be a modern classic' - Daily Mirror Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. The multi-million copy bestseller that captures the experiences of a generation. 'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows?

Question of Attraction

Question of Attraction

Author: David Nicholls Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2007

It is 1985 and Brian Jackson, a working-class kid on full scholarship, has started his first semester at a university. In addition to his anxiety about his humble origins and whether or not he'll fit in, Brian harbors a dark secret: a burning, long-held, lovingly kindled ambition ... He wants to appear on the wildly popular TV quiz show University Challenge. When he finally makes the team and his dream comes true, life seems perfect, especially given his infatuation for a fellow teammate-the beautiful, brainy, and intimidatingly WASPy Alice Harbinson. But just when Brian thinks he has all the answers, he discovers that the question of attraction is the most mind-boggling of all ...

Starter For Ten

Starter For Ten

Author: David Nicholls Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/09/2006

It's 1985 and Brian Jackson has arrived at university with a burning ambition - to make it onto TV's foremost general knowledge quiz. But no sooner has he embarked on 'The Challenge' than he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with his teammate, the beautiful and charismatic would-be actress, Alice Harbinson. When Alice fails to fall for his slightly over-eager charms, Brian comes up with a foolproof plan to capture her heart once and for all. He's going to win the game, at any cost, because - after all - everyone knows that what a woman really wants from a man is a comprehensive grasp of general knowledge . . . Starter for Ten is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. Are you up to the challenge of the funniest novel in years?

Starter For Ten

Starter For Ten

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2004

The debut bestseller from the author of the phenomenally successfully ONE DAY and Man Booker longlisted US. STARTER FOR TEN is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. It's 1985 and Brian Jackson has arrived at university with a burning ambition - to make it onto TV's foremost general knowledge quiz. But no sooner has he embarked on 'The Challenge' than he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with his teammate, the beautiful and charismatic would-be actress, Alice Harbinson. When Alice fails to fall for his slightly over-eager charms, Brian comes up with a foolproof plan to capture her heart once and for all. He's going to win the game, at any cost, because - after all - everyone knows that what a woman really wants from a man is a comprehensive grasp of general knowledge . . . STARTER FOR TEN is a comedy about love, class, growing-up and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom. Are you up to the challenge of the funniest novel in years?

The Cambridge History of American Music

The Cambridge History of American Music

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2004

The Cambridge History of American Music, first published in 1998, celebrates the richness of America's musical life. It was the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. The History begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the social, historical, and cultural events of musical life in the period until 1900. Other contributors examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also includes valuable chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions.

The Cambridge Companion to John Cage

The Cambridge Companion to John Cage

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

John Cage (1912-1992) was without doubt one of the most important and influential figures in twentieth-century music. Pupil of Schoenberg, Henry Cowell, Marcel Duchamp, and Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, among others, he spent much of his career in pursuit of an unusual goal: 'giving up control so that sounds can be sounds', as he put it. This book celebrates the richness and diversity of Cage's achievements - the development of the prepared piano and of the percussion orchestra, the adoption of chance and of indeterminacy, the employment of electronic resources and of graphic notation, and the questioning of the most fundamental tenets of Western art music. Besides composing around 300 works, he was also a prolific performer, writer, poet, and visual artist. Written by a team of experts, this Companion discusses Cage's background, his work, and its performance and reception, providing in sum a fully rounded portrait of a fascinating figure.

Adolf Hitler A Biographical Companion

Adolf Hitler A Biographical Companion

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2000

Napoleon A Biographical Companion

Napoleon A Biographical Companion

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1999

The Cambridge History of American Music

The Cambridge History of American Music

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/1998

The Cambridge History of American Music, first published in 1998, celebrates the richness of America's musical life. It was the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. The History begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the social, historical, and cultural events of musical life in the period until 1900. Other contributors examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also includes valuable chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions.

Whole World of Music A Henry Cowell Symposium

Whole World of Music A Henry Cowell Symposium

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/1998

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Whole World of Music A Henry Cowell Symposium

Whole World of Music A Henry Cowell Symposium

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/1998

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

God and Government in an 'Age of Reason'

God and Government in an 'Age of Reason'

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/1995

In this companion volume to Deity and Domination, David Nicholls broadens his examination of the relationship between religion and politics. Focusing on the images and concepts of God and the state predominant in eighteenth-century discourse, he shows how these were interrelated and reflect the language of the wider cultural contexts. Nicholls argues that the way a community pictures God will inevitably reflect (and also affect) its general understanding of authority, whether it be in state, in family or in other social institutions. Much language about God, for example, has a primarily political reference: in psalms, hymns and sermons God is called king, judge, lord, ruler and to him are ascribed might, majesty, dominion, power and sovereignty. But if political rhetoric is frequently incorporated into religious discourse, the reverse is also true: many key concepts of modern political theory are secularised theological concepts. In his consideration of this important and neglected relationship Nicholls sheds new light on religion and politics in the eighteenth century.

The Lost Prime Minister Life of Sir Charles Dilke

The Lost Prime Minister Life of Sir Charles Dilke

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/1995

Sir Charles Dilke's claim to a leading place in the pantheon of Victorian radicalism, with Cobden, Bright and Chamberlain, has been overshadowed by the sensational divorce case in 1886 that ruined his career. Yet his political abilities were great and his career a most remarkable one. He was regarded by many of his contemporaries as a likely successor to Gladstone and a probable future Prime Minister. It can be argued that his political eclipse was a crucial contributing factor to the Liberal Party's failure to provide a viable alternative to the rise of the Labour Party.

Deity and Domination Images of God and the State in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Deity and Domination Images of God and the State in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/1993

`Religion and politics are necessarily related', declared Ronald Reagan, while addressing an ecumenical prayer breakfast of 17,000 people in Dallas. But how are they connected? Many popular images of God - King, Lord, and Judge - are essentially political, while concepts of might, majesty, dominion, and power are used of both God and the state. This ambitious and original work explores the relations between these images and their political context through the analogy between divine and civil government, and considers what images of God may legitimately be employed by Christians in the twentieth century. David Nicholls suggests that religious conceptions have often affected political thinking - theological rhetoric, child of political experience, may also be mother of political change. Drawing upon politics, theology, history, sociology, anthropology, and literary criticism, this important new book will be essential reading for all concerned with the relation between Christianity and politics.

American Experimental Music 1890-1940

American Experimental Music 1890-1940

Author: David Nicholls Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/1991

From the end of the nineteenth century a national musical consciousness gradually developed in the USA as composers began to turn away from the European conventions on which their music had hitherto been modelled. It was in this period of change that experimentation was born. In this book, the composer and scholar David Nicholls considers the most influential figures in the development of American experimental music, including Charles Ives, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell, and the young John Cage. He analyses the music and ideas of this group, explaining the compositional techniques invented and employed by them and the historical and cultural context in which they emerged.

Deity and Domination Images of God and the State in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Deity and Domination Images of God and the State in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Author: David Nicholls Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/1989

`Religion and politics are necessarily related', declared Ronald Reagan, while addressing an ecumenical prayer breakfast of 17,000 people in Dallas. But how are they connected? Many popular images of God - King, Lord, and Judge - are essentially political, while concepts of might, majesty, dominion, and power are used of both God and the state. This ambitious and original work explores the relations between these images and their political context through the analogy between divine and civil government, and considers what images of God may legitimately be employed by Christians in the twentieth century. David Nicholls suggests that religious conceptions have often affected political thinking - theological rhetoric, child of political experience, may also be mother of political change. Drawing upon politics, theology, history, sociology, anthropology, and literary criticism, this important new book will be essential reading for all concerned with the relation between Christianity and politics.

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