The man behind a novel that has taken the world by storm in the latest TV adaptation has links to Southampton.

David Nicholls is the author of One Day, a book first published in 2009.

Fifteen years on and Netflix’s adaption of the romcom - starring Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall – is mesmerising audiences new and old.

Daily Echo: David Nicholls, author of One Day, is from Eastleigh David Nicholls, author of One Day, is from Eastleigh (Image: PA)

The novel has been catapulted back into the bestsellers list over a decade after it was published.

The show is generating worldwide success, but Nicholls’ story started on our doorstep.

The 57-year-old was born in Eastleigh on November 30, 1966.

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It is not known which schools he attended, but he was a student at Barton Peveril College where he took part in various drama productions.

He studied Drama, English Literature, Physics and Biology before he went onto study at the University of Bristol.

According to an article published by The Guardian in 2011, Nicholls was the first in his family to go to university.

His father worked in a cake factory as a maintenance engineer and his mother ‘worked for the local council’.