Christopher Nicholson was born in 1956 and lives in south-west England. His latest novel, 'Winter', was published in the UK in 2014. His two earlier novels are 'The Fattest Man In America' (2005) and 'The Elephant Keeper' (2009). 'The Elephant Keeper' was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Encore Award. A serial adaptation was broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'.

'Winter' is an imagined account of events in the career of one of England's greatest writers, Thomas Hardy. Set in the countryside, it describes a long and difficult winter in the 1920s, when Hardy was deep in old age, intensely preoccupied by reflections on change and death but still alive to the possibilities of the present.

Extracts from reviews of 'Winter'

'Nicholson's understated prose perfectly suits this account of Thomas Hardy's unrequited love ....a superfine, thistledown novel about a novelist, a place and about love and loss....' The Guardian

An 'elegiac, beautifully restrained novel, a meditation on aging, marriage and loss' The New York Times

'understated, tender...an entrancing piece of fiction...' The New Yorker

'one of the most dramatically convincing and moving Famous Writer Novels I have ever read...an absolutely first-rate novel.' The New York Review of Books

'a passionate reimagining of Thomas Hardy's love life' Washington Post

'gorgeously, gorgeously written in prose so elegantly crafted that it becomes, paradoxically, almost invisible...' Minneapolis Star Tribune

'elegant.... a memorable picture of a failed marriage....' The Mail on Sunday

'gently elegiac...ravishing...Hardyesque....' The Sunday Telegraph

'a very fine and intelligent novel....' The Scotsman

'wonderfully insightful....' Sunday Times

'a wonderful novel, moving, gripping and illuminating.' David Lodge

'a superb novel...beautifully written, very moving.' John Boyne

'You don't have to love Hardy to love this tribute.... pitch perfect... ' The Times

'luminous...a wonderful book...' The Arts Fuse [Boston]

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'Tess in Winter', a BBC Radio 4 play inspired by 'Winter', was broadcast in the Afternoon Drama slot on 4th December 2015.

A U.S. edition of 'Winter' was published by Europa Editions in January 2016. It was a New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2016.
Winter, published in the US by Europa Editions

A French edition of 'Winter' ('Hiver'), translated by Lucien d'Azay, was published in Paris by Quai Voltaire in October 2015.
A French edition of 'Winter' ('Hiver')

An audio version of 'Winter' is available: listen to an extract on www.soundcloud.com

May 2013 watch Christopher Nicholson telling his short story. 'Mr. Cunningham and the motor-car' - a tale of 1960s suburbia - on the Supposed Histories Project www.vimeo.com

19th January 2014 - interview about 'Winter' with Christopher Nicholson, on BBC Radio 4's 'Open Book'. To hear the interview, click on: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer