Chris Nickson

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Chris Nickson (born 1954) is a British novelist, music journalist, and biographer.

Nickson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but lived in the United States for some 30 years from the age of 21. He is a music journalist, specialising in world and roots music. For several years he wrote a regular column for Global Rhythm magazine, and wrote The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to World Music.[1] He contributes interviews and reviews to several music magazines and websites. He has written biographies of celebrities including Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Reeve,[2] and in 2010 he published his first novel, The Broken Token, set in Leeds in 1731.[3] The next novel in the series, "Cold Cruel Winter" will be published in the UK in May 2011 (September in the US), with the third, "The Constant Lovers," due in 2012.[citation needed] His biography of the late singer-songwriter John Martyn, "Solid Air," will be published as an ebook in June 2011.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The NPR Curious Reader's Guide to World Music". Retrieved 25 March 2011.  Back cover biographical information seen on Amazon website
  2. ^ "All works by Chris Nickson". Macmillan publishers. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Woodward, Grant (22 June 2010). "Chris Nickson: Leeds novelist offers glimpse into city's murky past". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 




  • The NPR Curious Reader's Guide to World Music (2004), Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-399-53032-6
  • Emerald City (Audible Audio Edition) (2013), Creative Content Ltd., ASIN B00C3VAMY8
  • West Seattle Blues (Audible Audio Edition) (2014), Creative Content Ltd.
  • Emerald City (eBook Edition) (2013), Creative Content Ltd., ISBN 978-1-908-807-083
  • West Seattle Blues (eBook Edition) (2014), Creative Content Ltd. ISBN 978-1-908-807-250

Historical Mysteries[edit]

The following works are set in 1730s Leeds and feature Richard Nottingham, Constable of the city.