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David Nicholls’ (BA 1988) bestselling novel 'One Day' hits the big screen

7 September 2011

Bristol University graduate, David Nicholls’ (BA 1988) bestselling novel One Day has been tipped as the next big Hollywood Blockbuster. The book has been translated into 37 languages and sold over a million copies in the UK alone since it was published in 2009.

Bristol University graduate, David Nicholls’ (BA 1988) bestselling novel One Day has been tipped as the next big Hollywood Blockbuster. The book has been translated into 37 languages and sold over a million copies in the UK alone since it was published in 2009. One commentator has predicted the movie will be “the biggest British rom-com since Four Weddings And A Funeral” 

David’s first big break came when he joined the writing team for ITV drama Cold Feet. “After that I wrote a lot of TV in the space of three years, which I loved, but it was also incredibly tough,” he has confided.

While taking a break he wrote his debut novel, Starter For 10, about a student with a yearning ambition to appear on University Challenge, which was chosen for the very first Richard And Judy Book Club. It was also made into a film, starring James McAvoy and Alice Eve, although it never acquired the status of One Day.

Surrendering control of his book to film directors and producers has, he says, been “tricky” but when asked whether he thinks the film is good, he has shot back: “I do! What it isn’t is the glossy version. The book is about bedsit London, grimier London, an awkward relationship. I think that’s all in there. The stuff I’ve seen looks beautiful but it hasn’t had the edges knocked off. In spirit, structure and tone, I think it’s quite close.”

To read a review of the film visit the Express Website.