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 longlisted for the Highland Book Prize.

From reviews of Among the Summer Snows:

'strange, beautiful, eerie and unique...the best mountain book I've read in years.' Simon Ingram, Trail magazine, May 2018

'haunting, moving, silent, and profoundly beautiful.' Alex Roddie, The Great Outdoors

'a wrong-footing marvel of a book...' David Robinson, Books from Scotland

'a glorious little book' Michael Kerr, Sunday Telegraph

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


Winter has been adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, with the title A Pure Woman. Simon is the former Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic, and Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company. After opening in Dorchester's Corn Exchange on 27th - 29th September, the play tours to the following venues:

- Forum Theatre, Malvern
- The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
- The Theatre, Chipping Norton
- The Lighthouse, Poole
- The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
- Broadway Theatre, Letchworth
- The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
- Theatre Royal, Winchester
- Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

For full details, see www.apurewoman.co.uk

11th October - in Libraries Week around the UK - Christopher will be talking about Winter and its stage adaptation A Pure Woman at Sturminster Newton Library, Dorset. 7 p.m.

3rd October - Christopher will be talking about Among the Summer Snows at Edinburgh's lovely Golden Hare bookshop. 6.30 p.m. www.goldenharebooks.com

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

6th November - Christopher will be appearing at Bridport Literary Festival to talk about Among the Summer Snows. Bull Hotel, 11.30 a.m.