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William Nicholson banned from discussing new book with kids

18th May 2010

William Nicholson has been banned from talking about his latest book after a headteacher claimed it was 'inappropriate' for schoolchildren.

The author, who also wrote the play Shadowlands and Oscar-winning film Gladiator, was due to speak at Manchester High School for Girls about his recent book Rich and Mad, the Daily Telegraph reported.

However, the school's headteacher withdrew the invitation over concerns about the content of the book, which is aimed at early teens and deals with issues such as first love and emerging sexuality.

Nicholson said that he is 'sad' about the news but respects the decision. He also claimed that fears of a 'parental backlash' motivated the head to cancel the event.

'The gatekeepers of teenage reading often fear that parents will feel they've been tricked into letting their children read what's considered unsuitable material,' the 62-year-old told the newspaper.

A review of Rich and Mad in the Observer was more complimentary than the school's headteacher, praising it for being a 'tender, moving, unexpected and intelligent take' on the process of falling in love for the first time.

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