Paper Play: The secret fears of blockbusting author David Nicholls

As the author of One Day and a scriptwriter on episodes of the popular television series Cold Feet, David Nicholls has achieved a measure of success many of us can only dream of, but he remains a modest and shy presence, and he confesses to suffering anxious nights, especially before the publication of a new novel

28th July, 2019
David Nicholls: ‘I’m very thin-skinned. I find the lead-up to a book’s publication very stressful’ Pic: Bryan Meade

David Nicholls was enjoying a countryside walk with his family when he took a quick look at his phone, and felt a familiar thrum of anxiety. It was 2011, and the film adaptation of his bestselling novel One Day, starring Anne Hathaway, had recently been released. Tapping on his phone, Nicholls felt his stomach plummet: tweeters were contacting him to direct him towards negative critiques of the film, or letting him know that they didn’t...

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