Nigel is a historian, biographer and journalist whose seven books cover a wide waterfront of subjects from World War One and the rise of Nazism, to biographies of the writers Patrick Hamilton and Rupert Brooke. He is currently planning a sequel to his most recent title TOWER: An Epic History of the Tower of London (Hutchinson, 2011; St Martin’s Press NY, 2012) and writing a short study of the year 1914 for Head of Zeus.
Before becoming a full-time writer Nigel was a journalist working for newspapers, radio, TV and magazines. A fluent German speaker, he studied in Berlin and worked as a broadcaster for Austrian Radio in Vienna in the 1990s. He returned to Britain to become deputy editor of History Today and BBC History magazines. He continues to write and review for both, and regularly reviews books for a wide variety of outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, Literary Review and Sunday Express. He advises the Daily Mail on books to buy for serialisation and writes historical features for them.
An experienced broadcaster and public speaker, Nigel has initiated and appeared on BBC TV and radio documentaries on subjects ranging from Wilfred Owen and Patrick Hamilton to the SS Lebensborn children’s homes. He has given frequent talks at such venues as the Brighton and Cheltenham Literary festivals, the Chalke Valley History Festival and the Imperial War Museum.
In 2010 he co-founded the historical travel company www.historicaltrips.com which specialises in takiing small groups to the sites of modern British and European history. Nigel himself regularly guides tours to the sites of the Great War’s Western Front; Nazi Germany and the French resistance. Nigel lives with his partner, Lally, a family therapist, and their three children in Lewes, East Sussex.