I'm Geoff Nicholson, originally and primarily a novelist, though as the world turns ever more to nonfiction,
so inevitably do I.
novel THE CITY UNDER THE SKIN came out in the USA in June 2014.
Before that my most recent nonfiction book, titled WALKING IN RUINS was published in
the UK in 2013 by Harbour Books.
The best thing anybody ever said about my writing was "Nicholson doesn't just give you what you want, he gives you what you
never even knew existed," That was Lillian Pizzichini writing about my novel Flesh Guitar for the Independent.
The Believer described me as "brilliant and raffish." The Barcelona Review said,
"Nicholson does good sex."
I was born in Sheffield, England, and studied English at Cambridge, then European drama at Essex. The legendary poet J.H.
Prynne was my director of studies.
I wrote plays, and some TV and radio comedy before becoming a novelist.
As a freelancer I've written about music for The Wire, travel for the New York Times and the Guardian,
art for Art Review and Modern Painters, design for the Independent, food for the Daily Telegraph and Gastronomica,
and book reviews for everybody - New York Times, Bookforum, Financial Times, Time Out, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly
et al. I am a Contributing Editor to the LA Review of Books.
People tell me I'm a funny writer, which
I take as a compliment, though I like to think the humour is always in the service of the story I'm telling. I'm not very
good at jokes.
At various points in my career I've been compared (favourably) to Evelyn Waugh,
JG Ballard and Thomas Pynchon. Comparisons, of course, are odious, but these ones I can more than live with.
I currently live in Los Angeles.