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Welcome to the new website.

It’s basically a source of information about the books and films, a place to find out more about forthcoming projects, extracts and articles, and a home for various things that I am passionate about. There are also one or two frankly dishonest photographs in which I appear much more youthful and energetic than I really am.

Websites are a bit of a departure for me, so I hope that this does the trick. Please send me any suggestions, questions or comments. The best thing about writing for a living is the distractions, and I welcome them whole-heartedly.

This website was beginning to have a slightly out of date Christmas-tree-in-June feel to it, so I thought it was time to drop in and update what I've been up to.

Great Expectations.


Firstly, and most excitingly, a new feature-film adaptation of Great Expectations is about to be released. I've written the script, Mike Newell is the director, and the wonderful cast includes Jeremy Irvine as Pip, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, Helena Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham, Robbie Coltrane as Jaggers, Holliday Grainger as Estella and Ewen Bremner as Wemmick. Great Expectations has always been my favourite novel and I'm hugely proud of the finished film, a largely faithful adaptation which nevertheless has a distinctive feel to it - very emotional, dramatic, romantic and thrilling, I hope. Here's the official website. UK release date is 30th November, coincidentally my 47th birthday, so do please go.

The 7.39 - work in progress.

Next up will be a new TV play, tentatively called The 7.39, which goes into production early next year for broadcast on BBC One some time next year. This is the first original piece I've written since One Day, and my first TV work for some years, so I'm hugely excited about it. I don't want to say too much except that it's an all-out, no-holds barred love story, a tragi-comedy about a pair of commuters who meet and form a friendship on the morning train. The key words I've used to describe it are 'a romantic drama for grown-ups', though I hope there are one or two jokes in it too. I'll do my best to break my internet silence and keep you informed on casting, production etc.

That difficult fourth novel

I wish I had more to say about this. The next novel has been my main priority since One Day's release, but it's slow work. I hope to finish it next year, 2014, though can make no promises about publication. But I'm extremely grateful for the kind messages I recieve about the last one - all very encouraging. Thank you.

Public appearances.

Until the new book, I've vowed not to do any more readings, so there's little to report, except that I'm reading at Bookslam sometime in late November. It's a new story that I've written for their annual collection. Please go here for more details, when available, and perhaps see you there.

Every Good Boy

I have recently written a short story for The Guardian.

Written Version | Audio Version


The Books

One Day

‘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 Morley and Dexter Mayhew 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 which follows?

One Day is a funny/sad love story spanning twenty years, a book about growing up – how we change, how we stay the same...

One Day - the movie

One Day - the movie

In June, July and August of 2010 we travelled between London, Paris, Edinburgh and Brittany, making our film version of One Day. Lone Scherfig directed, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess played Emma and Dexter, and a wonderful cast, including Jodie Whittaker, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall, Ken Stott, and Patricia Clarkson, played the other roles.

One Day - the movie
David Nicholls - Starter For Ten

Starter For Ten

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'...

Intro, Reviews, Excerpt

David Nicholls - The Understudy

The Understudy

For Josh Harper, being in show business means money, fame, a beautiful wife and a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C McQueen it means a disastrous career...

Intro, Reviews, Excerpt