David Nicholls at Central Library

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
A white, middle aged man with short brown hair and wearing a light blue shirt, sits at a round table by a window and against a white wall. He has his arms crossed on the table.
David Nicholls. Photo: Sophia Spring

David Nicholls in Conversation at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 22 April 2024 Tickets from £10.00 — Book now

Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing, Creative Manchester and Waterstones Deansgate, best-selling author David Nicholls is one of the trailblazers of this year’s Manchester Literature Festival.

The spring programme for Manchester Literature Festival also includes prolific US and Booker Prize-shortlisted author Percival Everett in conversation about his thrilling retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on 10 April and acclaimed author and critic Olivia Laing talking about her garden-restoration project and the resulting book, The Garden Against Time, on 10 May, also at Central Library.

Described as “one of the UK’s best loved authors”, David Nicholls is back in Manchester to discuss his “witty and engrossing” new novel, You Are Here. Two lonely people, 38-year-old Marnie and 42-year-old Michael, both battered by break-ups and the loss of the futures they’d hoped for, are brought together by a mutual friend and they consequently decide to embark on the Coast to Coast walk. As they travel through stunning landscapes and pouring rain, Marnie and Michael are reminded how to open up to new people, how to have fun in sometimes arduous conditions, and, ultimately, how to love.

David Nicholls has written five previous bestsellers, including Starter for Ten, which has recently been turned into a musical, and One Day, which has been adapted into a new Netflix series starring Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall. He is also a talented screenwriter, garnering an Emmy nomination and a BAFTA win for best writer for his adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Come armed with questions and pocket money to pick up a signed copy.

David Nicholls in Conversation at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 22 April 2024 Tickets from £10.00 Book now

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The Alan

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