What she really needed he thought, ablaze with compassion, was someone to take her in hand and unlock her potential.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

Some suggestions for you :

There should be a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.

Don't they appreciate how hard it is, staying decent, keeping your head on straight when so much is happening to you and your life is so full and eventfull?

Well, I don't think Hollywood's a dirty word at all, I love a lot of Hollywood films.

But how can you not like music? That's the same as not liking food! Or sex!

He could feel her laughter against his chest, and at that moment he thought that there was no better feeling than making Emma Morley laugh.

Emma Morley wasn't such a paragon either: pretentious, petulant, lazy, speechifying, judgmental. Self-pitying, self righteous, self-important, all the selfs except self-confident, the quality that she had always needed the most.

Light travels differently in a room that contains another person; it reflects and refracts so that even when she was silent or sleeping I knew that she was there.

It has been fun and harrowing.

No, friends were like clothes: fine while they lasted but eventually they wore thin or you grew out of them.

Don't keep fighting battles that are already lost.

I think reality is over-rated,' he said in the hope that this might come across as dark and charismatic.

If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of Confidence. Either that or a scented candle.

Over-familiar, the music has become a kind of audio-Valium, background music rather than something I listen to actively and attentively. A gin and tonic after a long day. A shame, I think, because while each note remains the same, I used to hear them differently. It used to sound better.

He wanted to live life to the extreme, but without any mess or complications. He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random, it would be a cool photograph. Things should look right. Fun; there should be a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.