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The Trial Of True Love Paperback – 1 May 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552778591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778596
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Nicholson was born in 1948 and received his early education at Downside School, a Roman Catholic monastic school, set in the countryside near Bath.

He went on to study English Literature at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a double First Class degree in 1970. After leaving university, William joined BBC television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. It was not long before William's talent was channelled into writing for television dramas and his professional writing career took off.

William is perhaps best known as an acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter, whose work includes Elizabeth: The Golden Age, the Bafta award-winning Shadowlands, and Oscar-winning Gladiator.

He has written several screenplays for films due for future release, including Long Walk to Freedom, an adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography.

Nicholson's first trilogy for young readers, The Wind on Fire, met with universal acclaim. Winner of the Smarties Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. Nicholson's latest trilogy the Noble Warriors has also been enthusiastically received. The final book Noman is published on 4th September 2007:

'The events rip along, but the real strength of Nicholson's novel lies in its wonderful characters: Morning Star, drowning in the power of her love for Wildman, and Echo Kittle, captured by the enemy of Orlans' Daily Telegraph

His latest book, the highly anticipated Rich and Mad is a compelling and beautifully written novel about first love, first sex, and everything in-between.

Nicholson has been cited as one of the most gifted and imaginative writers alive in the world today. His adult titles include The Trial of True Love and The Society of Others.

William lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia, and their three children.

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"A quirky and enjoyable read." (Spectator)

"Nicholson's critically acclaimed last novel, The Society of Others and Oscar-nominated screenplays, Shadowlands and Gladiator, prove his talent . . . Hopefully The Trial of True Love will make his name as famous as his work." (Glamour)

"He is an expert in understanding and depicting human emotions. His ideas and language are wonderfully involving and perceptive. This novel is a real find: clever, funny, subtle and hopelessly romantic. I loved every word . . . the key to this novel's success is that it asks all the best questions. Does love at first sight really exist?" (Daily Express)

"A mixture of existential thriller and romantic discourse...rich in artistic allusions" (Mail on Sunday)

"Erudite, funny and disarming, this is a love story for grown-ups, with an ending that, by simultaneously defying and fulfilling the reader's romantic expectations, manages to be entirely satisfying." (Christina Koning, The Times)

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A literary suspense novel about the meaning of love.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
It is 1977, we are in North London where Bron, a writer, lives with an ex-girlfriend, Anna - or rather he rents her small spare room while he works on a non-fiction book about true love. Bron's main focus for his book is Paul Marotte, a French post-Impressionist painter and member of the Pont-Aven group of artists who, in 1899, met a young woman on bridge and immediately fell deeply and lastingly in love with her. Bron, who wants to believe in love at first sight, is still waiting for it to happen to him; however, Anna is not prepared to wait any longer and she suddenly asks Bron to move out as she feels he is spoiling her chances of finding a man. Bron is reluctant to give up his comfortable arrangement with Anna, but realizing she is serious he obliges her by going to stay in Devon with an old school friend of his, Bernard. While out walking one early morning, Bron encounters a beautiful, golden-haired woman on a bridge, gazing into the water below, and he falls deeply in love for the first time in his life.

Bron meets the young woman again later that day and learns that she is called Flora and is a cousin of Bernard's; he also discovers that she is married to a rich and successful Dutch businessman named Axel Jaeger. Flora is staying with Bernard in order to escape from her husband, but there is something that she is hiding, and Bron wants to discover her secret and try to help her. After spending a few days in Flora's company and becoming more enchanted with her by the hour, Bron confesses to her that he has fallen in love, but Bron does not get the response he hoped for, and before he can convince the enigmatic Flora that he is serious, she disappears.
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