Christopher Nicholson was born in London in 1956 and lives in south-west England. His most recent 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), which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Encore Award.

His latest book is a non-fiction work, 'Among the Summer Snows' (2017). It's a meditation on life and loss, organised around a series of walks to the great beds of snow that survive deep into the summer in the Scottish mountains. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and is currently longlisted for the Highland Book Prize.

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Review quotes:

'... a startlingly beautiful book....Mortality, aesthetic beauty, deep time and loss are themes never far from the surface in this exquisitely written book.... 'Among the Summer Snows' is at once haunting, moving, silent, and profoundly beautiful.' Alex Roddie, 'The Great Outdoors'

'Nicholson made me laugh and cry within just a few pages.... left me humbled as he revealed a range of other interconnected wonders I never knew about.... a wrong-footing marvel of a book...' David Robinson, 'Books from Scotland'

'An enigma and an enchantment, beautifully observed and exquisitely written. I was entranced.' Keggie Carew, author of 'Dadland'

'A beautiful book about love and loss, fragility and chance, the wide world and the near world...full of intense light and colour, extraordinary glimpses, moving insights and subtle humour.' Richard Kerridge, author of 'Cold Blood'

'the kind of beautiful writing that transcends form - in this case nature writing - to arrive somewhere improbable and compelling...' Paul Evans, The Guardian

'Beautifully written, it is both elegiac and optimistic, a meditation on life and death. The descriptions of the snow patches are wonderfully detailed, the determination involved in reaching them familiar to anyone who walks in the hills... 'Among the Summer Snows' is, I think, destined to become a classic of mountain literature. Superb.' Chris Townsend, mountain writer.

From reviews of 'The Elephant Keeper':

'Intensely moving....an exceptional novel.' Boston Globe

'an extended meditation on human needs.... poignant, heartfelt.' St. Louis Post Dispatch

'an unforgettable picture of an elephant/human relationship.' BookPage

'gentle, profound and sweet-natured.' The Observer

'an absolute gem...' The Guardian

From reviews of 'Winter':

'a superfine, thistledown novel about a novelist, a place and about love and loss....' The Guardian

'elegiac, beautifully restrained...' The New York Times

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

'an absolutely first-rate novel.' The New York Review of Books

'gorgeously, gorgeously written...' Minneapolis Star Tribune

'a wonderful novel...' David Lodge


6th April 2018 - Christopher's essay 'In the slow zone', about the work of the sculptor Tim Harrisson, published in the catalogue of Harrisson's exhibition at Messum's, Tisbury, Wilts.

23rd April 2018 - Christopher's essay, 'Entanglement', to be published in 'The Clearing', Little Toller's online magazine of natural history writing

5th June 2018 - paperback edition of 'Among the Summer Snows' published

September - October 2018. 'A Pure Woman', a stage adaption of Christopher's novel 'Winter', to tour the West Country. Details to come!

12th October 2018 - Christopher will be talking about 'Among the Summer Snows' at Mere Literary Festival, Wiltshire. 7.30 p.m. at the Grove Building, Church Street.

30th December 2017 - In The Guardian, a brief account of a winter walk in the New Forest. www.theguardian.com

16th November 2017 - Short story 'Living' published in 'New Networks for Nature' pamphlet.

1st November 2017 - 'Winter' published in Spanish - 'Invierno' by Gatopardo Ediciones, translated by Catalina Martínez Muñoz.

23rd September 2017 Short pieces in The Guardian on Salisbury, and Kimmeridge, Dorset

9th September 2017 - In the Travel section of The Guardian, a feature article by Christopher about his love for the Scottish Highlands. .... www.theguardian.com/travel

2nd September 2017 - In The Wall Street Journal, U.S. novelist and National Book Award winner Lily Tuck lists her top 5 novels of all time about first and second wives. 'Winter' is on the list, along with Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' and Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.