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 is currently on the 2017 short-list for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature.

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Early notices:

'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'

'a wrong-footing marvel of a book...What you don't expect is that it will end up touching both death's void, and love, and the beauty of the natural world at one and the same time and in a way that is all the more powerful for its restraint. - David Robinson, 'Books From Scotland'

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

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


The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature - the 2017 award will be announced in Kendal, Cumbria, on Friday 17th November, as part of the Kendal Mountain Festival. Christopher will be there (along with other short-listed authors) to talk about and read from 'Among the summer snows'. Time: 1.00-5.00 p.m. Venue: The Brewery Arts Centre, 69 Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE www.boardmantasker.com

17th 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'.

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

16th March 2018 - 'Words by the Water' Festival, Keswick, Cumbria. Christopher will be talking about 'Among the summer snows' in the Studio at 2.15 p.m.

Review of Christopher's talk about 'Among the summer snows' at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival: www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk

13th June 2017 - 'Among the summer snows' published! (September Publishing, £14.99) www.amazon.co.uk

24th May 2017 - 'Among the summer snows' mentioned in the Guardian Country Diary, 'The white pulse of May illuminates the lanes'. www.theguardian.com

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