is an English novelist, screenwriter
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He was educated at Highgate School
-Notable members of staff and governing body:* John Ireton, brother of Henry Ireton, Cromwellian General* 1st Earl of Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice, owner of Kenwood, noted for judgment finding contracts for slavery unenforceable in English law* T. S...
and Oriel College, Oxford
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, is married with three sons and lives in Putney
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, south-west London
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. After graduating from Oxford, Williams joined the BBC as a general trainee, and worked as an arts producer for the Corporation eventually becoming the editor of Omnibus
He won a television BAFTA
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for his 1994 screen adaptation of William Horwood
William Horwood is an English novelist. He grew up on the East Kent coast, primarily in Deal, within a model modern family—fractious with "parental separation, secret illegitimacy, alcoholism and genteel poverty"....
Skallagrigg is a 1987 novel written by William Horwood and influenced by Horwood's relationship with his own daughter Rachel, who has cerebral palsy.-Plot introduction:...
His most successful work to date has been the 2005 TV drama Elizabeth I
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, being himself nominated for an Emmy Award
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for his script and winning multiple awards for the film and its star, Helen Mirren
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Williams was also the primary scriptwriter for the second season - based on Greek myths - of the acclaimed Jim Henson's Storyteller series.
His first novel My Life Closed Twice
won the 1978 Somerset Maugham Award
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- 1977 – My Life Closed Twice (Secker & Warburg)
- 1980 – Jack Be Nimble (Secker & Warburg)
- 1983 – Johnny Jarvis
Johnny Jarvis is a 1983 British television drama series created and written by Nigel Williams, adapted from his novel of the same title. The series was directed by Alan Dossor and produced by Guy Slater for the BBC...
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, based on his teleplay)
- 1984 – Charlie (Methuen, based on his teleplay)
- 1985 – Star Turn (Faber & Faber)
- 1987 – Witchcraft, (Faber & Faber)
- 1988 – Black Magic (Hutchinson Novella
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- 1988 – Breaking Up (Faber & Faber, based on his teleplay)
- 1989 – Buttons in the Marsh (Faber & Faber, based on his stageplay)
- The Wimbledon Trilogy
The Wimbledon Trilogy consists of three books written by Nigel Williams set in Wimbledon, London and published by Faber & Faber:*The Wimbledon Poisoner : Henry Farr, a struggling solicitor is desperate to get rid of his wife, Elinor and decides to poison her, following the example of Everett...
- 1990 – The Wimbledon Poisoner (Faber & Faber)
- 1992 – They Came from SW19 (Faber & Faber)
- 1993 – East of Wimbledon (Faber & Faber)
- 1994 – Scenes from a Poisoner's Life (Faber & Faber)
- 1997 – Stalking Fiona (Granta
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- 1999 – Fortysomething (Penguin)
- 2002 – Hatchett & Lycett (Penguin)
- 1974 – Marbles (Bush Theatre
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- 1976 – Square One
- 1976 – Double Talk (London)
- 1977 – Snowwhite Washes Whiter and Deadwood (Bristol)
- 1978 – Class Enemy (Royal Court Theatre
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- 1979 – Easy Street (Bristol)
- 1980 – Line 'em (Cottesloe Theatre)
- 1980 – Sugar and Spice (Royal Court)
- 1980 – Trial Run (Playhouse, Oxford)
- 1982 – The Adventures of Jasper Ridley (Hull)
- 1982 – W.C.P.C. (Half Moon Theatre
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- 1985 – My Brother's Keeper (Greenwich)
- 1985 – Deathwatch (Birmingham Rep)
- 1986 – Country Dancing (Other Place Theatre, RSC
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- 1987 – As it Was (Edinburgh)
- 1988 – Consequences (Croydon)
- 1988 – Breaking up
- 1989 – Buttons in the Marsh (Cheltenham Festivals
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- 1989 – Nativity (Tricycle Theatre
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- 1995 – Lord of the Flies
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(adaption) (Other Place)
- 1996 – The Last Romantics (Greenwich)
- 1996 – Harry and Me (Royal Court)
- 2008 – MyFace (Cottesloe Theatre)
- 2009 – HR (6-part play for BBC Radio 4
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