Among the Summer Snows

Among the Summer Snows describes a series of walks Nicholson undertook in the late summer of 2016 in the Scottish Highlands. It was published by September Publishing in hardback in 2017, with a paperback edition published a year later.


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

'... 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

'Despite its undoubted quirks, Among the Summer Snows is both deeply charming and highly appealing to anyone who has an open mind and doesn't care for genres or pigeon-holes. Nicholson's quest for his summer snow is something that anyone who has wonder in their hearts cannot fail to be impressed or moved by' Iain Cameron, Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, 2018

'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

'His moving journey makes compelling reading.. this quest for meaning offers solace for anyone with a penchant for pondering the mysteries of life, love and loss during solitary wanderings through the wilderness.' Mark Sutcliffe, Countryfile (book of the month), October 2018

'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.