Peter Nichols - Author

About the Author

Peter Nichols spent ten years at sea working as a professional yacht captain, living and cruising aboard his own small wooden sail boat, before turning to writing full time. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books: a memoir of those years, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat; Evolution's Captain and Lodestar (a novel). He lives in Paris.

Featured books by Peter Nichols

The Rocks

The Rocks

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Set on the island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a double love story told in reverse. Opening in 2005 with a dramatic event that seems to seal the mystery of two lives, the story moves backwards in time, unravelling over sixty years, amid the olive groves and bars, the boats and poolside parties, the lives and relationships of two intertwined families within an expat community of endearing and flawed characters. As one story is revealed, another, sweeter one, a love story of a couple from the younger generation, arises in the wake of their elder's failures. The Rocks is a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.

The Rocks

The Rocks

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Set on the island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a double love story told in reverse. Opening in 2005 with a dramatic event that seems to seal the mystery of two lives, the story moves backwards in time, unravelling over sixty years, amid the olive groves and bars, the boats and poolside parties, the lives and relationships of two intertwined families within an expat community of endearing and flawed characters. As one story is revealed, another, sweeter one, a love story of a couple from the younger generation, arises in the wake of their elders' failures. The Rocks is a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.

Other books by Peter Nichols

Diaries 1969-1977

Diaries 1969-1977

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2017

The playwright Peter Nichols has been a compulsive diarist all his life. He writes for himself alone, responding to an urge to record the daily doings, private and professional, of his family, his fellows - and himself. The resulting diaries are candid, insightful, and often as shockingly funny as his plays.This selection, republished to mark the playwright's 90th birthday, covers the extraordinarily fruitful period between his first real hit, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, to the stirrings of his masterpiece, Passion Play.As the seventies dawn, Peter Nichols is watching Joe Egg being filmed - and hating it. His next play, The National Health, is doing good box office for Olivier's National Theatre - but Olivier is hating it. And Forget-Me-Not Lane is shortly to open at the new Greenwich Theatre amid much anxiety. And then there are three small children (and a fourth in long-term hospital) to cope with, an extended family and the renovation of a tumbledown barn in rural France.What emerges is one of the most revealing and hilarious accounts of a writer's life, and how - whatever success comes along - everyday life will keep getting in the way. As Nichols attempts to negotiate the world he has found himself in - a world populated by the likes of Albert Finney, Kenneth Tynan, Stephen Sondheim, Michael Frayn and John Osborne - he finds that he is never free from having to entertain his in-laws or cope with children vomiting in the back seat.Nichols' Diaries are a brilliantly funny, acerbic study of theatrical life, a warts-and-all portrait of parenthood, and a fascinating companion to that remarkable decade, the Seventies.'Sometimes he says terrible things that strike home to one's heart' Michael Frayn

Die Sommer mit Lulu

Die Sommer mit Lulu

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2016

Als Lulu und Gerald sich wiederbegegnen, liegt ihre Ehe sechzig Jahre zuruck. Geblieben ist nur Hass. Im Streit sturzt das einstige Liebespaar von den Klippen von Cala Marsopa. Peter Nichols' Familiensaga schickt den Leser auf eine Reise ruckwarts durch die Zeiten, auf ein betorend schones, unentdecktes Mallorca. Die Villa Los Roques ist ein zeitloser Ort: Seit drei Generationen zieht das kleine Strandhotel im auersten Osten Mallorcas Bohemiens und Lebenskunstler an. Als Lulu, die Besitzerin, inzwischen uber achtzig Jahre alt, eines nachmittags zufallig auf ihren ersten Ehemann Gerald trifft, kommt es zum Handgemenge, und die einstigen Liebenden ertrinken im Meer. Entsetzt kehren Luc und Aegina, die Kinder aus den zweiten Ehen, auf die Insel zuruck, um ein schweres Erbe anzutreten, immer der Frage nach: Was ist im Sommer 1948 passiert? Denn in der kleinen Inselgemeinschaft hat jede Intrige und jede Affare ihren Ursprung in der Vergangenheit. Und die alten Enttauschungen sind langst nicht vergeben.

The Rocks

The Rocks

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Set on the island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a double love story told in reverse. Opening in 2005 with a dramatic event that seems to seal the mystery of two lives, the story moves backwards in time, unravelling over sixty years, amid the olive groves and bars, the boats and poolside parties, the lives and relationships of two intertwined families within an expat community of endearing and flawed characters. As one story is revealed, another, sweeter one, a love story of a couple from the younger generation, arises in the wake of their elder's failures. The Rocks is a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.

Rocks

Rocks

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2015

';Irresistibly sunny Set in the brightly lit Mediterranean amid old olive trees and sexual intrigue, music and wine and beautiful women... Propulsive.' The New York Times Book Review';The perfect book for pretending it's already beach season.' O, The Oprah MagazineA romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Julietlike romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor, and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can beas a bond, and as a barriereven if it's not really the whole story; and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2015

Bri, a schoolteacher and his wife Sheila have a 10-year old spastic child named Josephine, who is completely helpless and utterly dependent. Bri hides behind irony and sarcasm. Sheila believes the child is her penance for a promiscuous past and soldiers on devotedly with their little Joe Egg. Well-meaning family and friends offer sundry solutions, everything from adoption to euthanasia but ultimately Bri finds he cannot continue and leaves Sheila and Joe behind.

Nichols Plays: 1

Nichols Plays: 1

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on ParadeA Day in the Death of Joe Egg is based on the author's experience of having a mentally handicapped child and won the John Whiting Award; The National Health was commissioned by Kenneth Tynan for the National theatre and follows the story of a Labour MP who goes into a state hospital suffering from a nervous collapse. It won the Evening Standard Best Play Award; Forget-me-not Lane is a trip down memory lane from the author's own childhood growing up in the West Country; Hearts and Flowers is a TV play about the rivalry between two brothers, one a school teacher living in Bristol the other a successful news journalist and their shared interest in a woman; Freeway is set in a traffic jam and attempts to answer the question of why the automobile has come to be seen to represent liberty incarnate in the modern era.

Nichols Plays: 2

Nichols Plays: 2

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on ParadeThis volume continues the stage plays of Peter Nichols, newly revised and introduced by the author. Chez Nous is about English couples who bring their emotional baggage with them on a holiday to France; Privates on Parade is a hit play inspired by the author's experience in Singapore after the war working for the Combined Services Entertainments where he met among others John Schlesinger and Kenneth Williams at a time when 'mixed' entertainment relied on men dressing up as women; Born in the Gardens is inspired by the author's native city Bristol while Passion Play is a play about passion among the elderly - won Best Play (Evening Standard) in 1981. Poppy (the musical that opened the RSC's residence at the Barbican) is set in the Victorian Far East. It takes a pop at imperial hypocrisy and wickedness and won the Best Musical award.

Nichols Plays: 2

Nichols Plays: 2

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on ParadeThis volume continues the stage plays of Peter Nichols, newly revised and introduced by the author. Chez Nous is about English couples who bring their emotional baggage with them on a holiday to France; Privates on Parade is a hit play inspired by the author's experience in Singapore after the war working for the Combined Services Entertainments where he met among others John Schlesinger and Kenneth Williams at a time when 'mixed' entertainment relied on men dressing up as women; Born in the Gardens is inspired by the author's native city Bristol while Passion Play is a play about passion among the elderly - won Best Play (Evening Standard) in 1981. Poppy (the musical that opened the RSC's residence at the Barbican) is set in the Victorian Far East. It takes a pop at imperial hypocrisy and wickedness and won the Best Musical award.

Nichols Plays: 1

Nichols Plays: 1

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on ParadeA Day in the Death of Joe Egg is based on the author's experience of having a mentally handicapped child and won the John Whiting Award; The National Health was commissioned by Kenneth Tynan for the National theatre and follows the story of a Labour MP who goes into a state hospital suffering from a nervous collapse. It won the Evening Standard Best Play Award; Forget-me-not Lane is a trip down memory lane from the author's own childhood growing up in the West Country; Hearts and Flowers is a TV play about the rivalry between two brothers, one a school teacher living in Bristol the other a successful news journalist and their shared interest in a woman; Freeway is set in a traffic jam and attempts to answer the question of why the automobile has come to be seen to represent liberty incarnate in the modern era.

Love Fifteen

Love Fifteen

Author: Peter Nichols Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2014

A bittersweet comedy about an adolescent boy's affair with a 30-year-old woman that is set in Bristol during World War II. Theodore Light is a young boy with rich ambition who reaches the tender age of fifteen in 1940. He's looking forward to being sent to Canada to avoid the blitzes on his home town, Bristol. His childhood dream is to direct Hollywood films, but for now the closest he can get to them is seeing them in a cinema. Being underage, however, makes his dream near impossible - until he meets an older woman that takes a shine to him... Page-turning drama unfolds when Theodore bunks off from school and stumbles upon a stunning older woman, Mrs Hampton, who offers to accompany him to see a film. During an air raid, Mrs. Hampton offers her flat as shelter, where their relationship intensifies and fondness for each other matures. This is the story of their taboo affair, played out against a wartime background, as Theodore continues to dream of Hollywood fame and glory. Love Fifteen is a captivating combination of whirlwind romance and wartime adventure that will be enjoyed by fans of historical fiction and domestic comedy. Author Peter has been inspired by acting and film production which took a prominent role in his life from a young age.

Passion Play

Passion Play

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2013

A provocative comedy about sex, love and infidelity. Comfortably married for 25 years, Eleanor's world is turned upside down when her husband begins an affair with their young friend Kate. As the lies mount up, the marriage is stripped bare, revealing illicit desires and hidden passions. A potent mix of desire, intimacy and deception, this new edition of a modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play is published alongside its much-anticipated return to the West End.

A Morpho-Semantic Analysis of Aspectuality in Siswati

A Morpho-Semantic Analysis of Aspectuality in Siswati

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2012

So Long Life

So Long Life

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2000

Bristol, 1995. It is Alice's 85th birthday. An occasion for celebration. But like many family gatherings, it is also an occasion for parading long-held resentments, as her children attempt to persuade her to relinquish her independence and move to a home. But Alice has other plans...

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1998

'This remarkable play is about a nightmare all women must have dreamed at some time, and most men...' Ronald Bryden, Observer (1967) 'Joe Egg is unlike any play I've seen; concerns about whether it's dated fade next to the claims that can now be made for it. It's in the collisions between pious and rogue thoughts that the play's energy lies. We don't know what to feel. Which is why, once seen, Joe Egg won't go away.' Robert Butler, Independent on Sunday (1993)

Blue Murder

Blue Murder

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/12/1996

Blue Murder is an absolute cracker, as ingenious as it is riotously funny (Daily Telegraph) Blue Murder opens with Foreign Bodies, where Swinging London meets bourgeois Shrewsbury and the drinks are laced with cyanide. As the son of the household struggles to write his first play, a murder story is offered to him on a plate. The second half, A Game of Soldiers, is a Whitehall farce taking place in St James's Palace. The same dramatist has brought his complete play to be censored but The Lord Chamberlain's Men have a few shameful secrets of their own to hide, including a priapic guardsman.

File on Nichols Peter Nichols

File on Nichols Peter Nichols

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/1993

We are not short of good playwrights in Britain, but I know of none with Nichols' power to put modern Britain on the stage and send the spectators away feeling more like members of the human race (Irving Wardle, The Times). Among Nichols' most important plays are A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The National Health and Forget-me-Not Lane. Writers-Files is an important series documenting the work of major dramatists of the last hundred years. Each volume contains a comprehensive checklist of all the writer's plays, with a detailed performance history, excerpted reviews and a selection of the writers' own comments on their work. Methuen are to be congratulated on launching this series...extremely useful to theatre professionals as well as to students and teachers of drama (David Bradby, Speech and Drama)

Poppy

Poppy

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1991

Poppy, a pantomime parody which explores British imperialism and the nineteenth-century opium wars, was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. It won the SWET award for Musical of the Year and was later re-mounted at the Adelphi. In 1988 the show was revived in a new version at the Half Moon Theatre and that is the text available here. Poppy is a celebration of Victorian values and exposes the hypocrisy, racism, drug dealing, money worship and sexual repression of the time through its favourite entertainment form. Dick Whittington, his man Jack, Sally the Principal Girl, the Dame, two pantomime horses, a flying ballet, a transformation scene and even the traditional song-sheet are all brought on to tell the serious and finally devasting story of the single most profitable crop of the British East India Company.

Nichols Plays Chez Nous , Privates on Parade , Born in the Gardens , Passion Play , Poppy

Nichols Plays Chez Nous , Privates on Parade , Born in the Gardens , Passion Play , Poppy

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/1991

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on Parade This volume continues the stage plays of Peter Nichols, newly revised and introduced by the author. Chez Nous is about English couples who bring their emotional baggage with them on a holiday to France; Privates on Parade is a hit play inspired by the author's experience in Singapore after the war working for the Combined Services Entertainments where he met among others John Schlesinger and Kenneth Williams at a time when 'mixed' entertainment relied on men dressing up as women; Born in the Gardens is inspired by the author's native city Bristol while Passion Play is a play about passion among the elderly - won Best Play (Evening Standard) in 1981. Poppy (the musical that opened the RSC's residence at the Barbican) is set in the Victorian Far East. It takes a pop at imperial hypocrisy and wickedness and won the Best Musical award.

Nichols Plays Day in the Death of Joe Egg , The National Health , Hearts and Flowers ; The Freeway , Forget-me-not Lane

Nichols Plays Day in the Death of Joe Egg , The National Health , Hearts and Flowers ; The Freeway , Forget-me-not Lane

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/1991

A rich selection from the best of Nichols' work up to and including his award-winning Privates on Parade A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is based on the author's experience of having a mentally handicapped child and won the John Whiting Award; The National Health was commissioned by Kenneth Tynan for the National theatre and follows the story of a Labour MP who goes into a state hospital suffering from a nervous collapse. It won the Evening Standard Best Play Award; Forget-me-not Lane is a trip down memory lane from the author's own childhood growing up in the West Country; Hearts and Flowers is a TV play about the rivalry between two brothers, one a school teacher living in Bristol the other a successful news journalist and their shared interest in a woman; Freeway is set in a traffic jam and attempts to answer the question of why the automobile has come to be seen to represent liberty incarnate in the modern era.

A Piece of My Mind

A Piece of My Mind

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1988

Ted Forrest is a playwright with a problem - writer's block. When we first meet him - bitter, disillusioned and consumed with envy of Miles Whittier, a younger, more successful playwright - he has retreated to the country in an attempt to stimulate his creative impotence by writing an autobiographical novel. But this proves just as difficult and so he turns it into a play about himself and the process of artistic creation. In a dazzling mosaic of flash-backs, dream sequences and witty theatrical devices, Ted takes us on a tour of his life, from his early struggles in the 'swinging sixties', through his years as a successful writer and finally to his disillusionment ini the aching eighties. Peter Nichols' inventive and thought-provoking play, inspired by his own writer's block, enjoyed a successful West End run with George Cole and Anna Carteret in the leading roles.

A Piece of My Mind

A Piece of My Mind

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/1987

A Piece of My Mind transforms a self-confessed case of writer's block into a continuously inventive and thought-provoking comedy (Charles Spencer, London Daily News) The portrait of a marriage and his strained relationship with his teenage children all seem to come straight from the heart. They are all the more affecting for being described in the context of such immaculate artifice (Charles Spencer, London Daily News)

Born in the Gardens

Born in the Gardens

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1980

In a mock Tudor manor gone to seed lives 70-year-old Maud and her younger son, 45-year-old Mo. She speaks more to the soundless television than to him and he plays New Orleans jazz on his drums. An attempt to destroy this happy way of life is made on the occasion of the father's funeral by Hedley, the older son, and by Queenie, Mo's twin sister from California. But the cloistered pair prefer to remain in what is, in effect, a shed in the garden of Heartbreak House.

Privates on Parade

Privates on Parade

Author: Peter Nichols Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/1977

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