Adam Nicolson,(born 12 September 1957) is an English author who has written about history, landscape, great literature and the sea.
He is noted for his books Sea Room (about the Shiant Isles, a group of uninhabited islands in the Hebrides); God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible; The Mighty Dead (US title:Why Homer Matters) exploring the epic Greek poems; The Seabird's Cry about the disaster afflicting the world's seabirds; The Making of Poetry on the Romantic Revolution in England in the 1790s; and Life Between the Tides, a boundary-crossing account of the tides in human and animal life. His most recent book is How to Be, an exploration of the world of the first Greek thinkers.
He has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Telegraph, National Geographic Magazine and Granta, where he is a contributing editor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Society of Antiquaries and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
He has made several television series (with Keo Films) and radio series (with Tim Dee, the writer and radio producer) on a variety of subjects including the King James Bible, 17th-century literacy, Crete, Homer, the idea of Arcadia, the untold story of Britain's 20th-century whalers and the future of Atlantic seabirds.
He is married to the writer and gardener Sarah Raven, with whom he has two daughters: Rosie (born 1993); Molly (born 1996). The family live at Perch Hill Farm in Sussex.
November 28, 2023GCA Authors on The Times Best Books of 2023
October 26, 20238 GCA authors on the Waterstones Best Books of 2023
January 12, 2022Adam Nicolson shortlisted for the Richard Jeffries Award 2022
May 5, 2021Adam Nicolson longlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award
November 28, 2019The Making of Poetry by Adam Nicolson shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Biography Award