The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Front Cover
Quercus, May 7, 2009 - England - 320 pages
20 Reviews
Welcome to Edenfield, an English village in Sussex. It is home to rich and poor, young and old, incomers and folk who've lived there for ever. Among the incomers is mother of two Laura, who, twenty years on, is still pining for Nick, her first love at university. He dumped her, broke her heart and went to live in the States. Now he's back. Her husband Henry is a TV writer who commutes daily and resents the lack of acknowledgment his latest TV series is receiving. Journalist Liz, the single mother (who Henry lusts after on the train to London), still sleeps with her ex ten years after they split and hates herself afterwards. Local schoolmaster, Alan, teaches their children and gets endless rejections for the plays he writes in his spare time. Martin, the struggling farmer, can't bear the yummy mummies and their privileged children; and the kindly local vicar hides a dark secret. These characters - and more - are richly imagined by an author of immense talent whose voice is by turns witty, waspish, sharply observant and achingly tender. Nicholson brings together seamlessly the many strands of his story. Readers will empathize with these characters, laugh at them, cry with them and long for a good outcome for each of them.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

What a thoroughly charming book! The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life ... the title is really what the heart of the book is about. And Nicholson captures the secret and intense moments just right ... Read full review

Review: The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

User Review  - Deborah Judah - Goodreads

I loved this book. This is a slow burner with the most amazing description of life which lets the reader really feel like they are in the characters lives. Read full review

About the author (2009)

William Nicholson grew up in Sussex and was educated at Downside School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He joined BBC Television where he worked as a documentary film maker. He moved to television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award of their year. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for stage, was Evening Standard's Best Play of 1990. He was co-writer on the film Gladiator. He is married with three children and lives in Sussex. Visit his website at

Bibliographic information