David Nicholls Talk at Kings Place

6 Oct

I’ve probably written a few too many posts about this man with premiere coverage of the movie version of his book One Day (as well as a review of it), a book review of The Understudy and now this! You probably gather by now that I’m a massive fan and I had to get these tickets once I saw it. It’s a talk with David Nicholls and he’s going to by questioned by John Mullan (book writer for the Guardian as well as writer and professor). What’s not to like? Just in case you’re about to leave the post, whilst the talk did have spoilers this post will not, so if you’re one of the few that haven’t read the genius creation One Day then you can read on but go and buy a copy now! Please note that I am not quoting him word for word because I can’t remember it exactly. They are extremely badly paraphrased by me! If you weren’t lucky enough to attend it has fortunately been recorded and released as a podcast to the world!

You must have heard about One Day by now. If you haven’t, I want to ask where you’ve been living for the past two years. It’s been a major success with a feature film directed by Lone Scherfig starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess based on the novel and the book alone has shifted countless copies.

The main thing that was evident to me about the man when he started talking was that he is incredibly gracious, kind and some would say charming. This is the second time that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him, the first time was at the UK Premiere of the film where I was a teensy bit too excited. When he was answering questions he was funny without trying too hard and he was incredibly well spoken but not pretentious.

Had to take a sneaky picture from my seat! I was happy with my view.

He revealed many things about this book, himself and more. Something that really interested me straight away was that he said he was more like Ian than any of the other characters. He mentioned that he would’ve changed a couple things if he got the manuscript back, especially with one of the major events in the book, that he would have changed the weather. The dialogue is sometimes taken through things that people say to him or conversations he hears and that inspires him. He stated that because he came from screenwriting, he had to plan the book a lot but surprisingly he got half way through and then started editing until that halfway. When talking about Dexter he mentioned that he always imagined him to work at a men’s lifestyle magazine such as GQ but then realised Dexter wasn’t smart enough.

When asked about St. Swithin’s say and why that we chosen, Nicholls replied that he had many reasons. He had to choose a day that was an event but it couldn’t be a birthday or an anniversary or new year’s because it would get a bit repetitive but he liked the idea of a day that foreshadowed events in the future. The fact that if it rains on that day it will rain for the next fourty days intrigued him. Obviously i don’t want to go on for hours and hours rephrasing everything that the writer said because this, like I said was recorded and has been released as a podcast to the internet!

Questions were opened to the audience and there was a mixed bag of questions. Of course someone asked about Anne Hathaway, how he plans, his inspiration, conversations he hears and much more. I won’t carry on, instead you should go ahead and download the podcast!

As soon as it finished he came outside and signed books and took pictures. How lovely! I queued for a long time but it was worth it! @nessawrafter tweeted me and said that she asked him whether he preferred to make people laugh or cry to which he replied that he used to want to make people laugh all the time but now he realises that it can be quite limiting.

This is probably the worst written post to date, but to hear the full interview in all its glory download the podcast via the Kings Hall website or iTunes.

2 Responses to “David Nicholls Talk at Kings Place”

  1. tom phipps (@tomphipps) October 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Starter for ten, in my hand, as I type this 🙂

    • aculturedlad October 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm #


      Let me know what you think of it here or on twitter. He’s an amazing author and I love all of his work! You must see his screen stuff and read The Understudy!

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