About

Chris Nickson has written since he was a boy growing up in Leeds, starting with a three-paragraph school essay telling a tale of bomb disposal when he was 11. That brought the revelation that he enjoyed telling stories, and then more stories, teenage poetry, and music, as both a bassist and then a singer-songwriter-guitarist.

Chris spent 30 years living in the US, playing in bands and writing. He’s made a living as a writer since 1994. Much of his work has been music journalism, combining the twin passions of music and writing, specialising in world and roots music. His reviews and features are published in print and online, notably with fRoots, Sing Out!, emusic.com, and allmusic.com. He’s also the author of The NPR Casual Listener’s Guide to World Music.

Chris has also published 28 other non-fiction books, most of them quickie biographies, and has had a pair of one act plays staged in Seattle. His short fiction has appeared in several small magazines, and most recently in the anthology Criminal Tendencies.

He moved back to the UK in 2005. The Broken Token was published by Creme de la Crime in 2010. The second of the Leeds novels featuring Richard Nottingham appeared in hardback in May 2011 with the third and fourth (The Constant Lovers and Come the Fear) appearing in 2012. The fifth and six in the series (At the Dying of the Year and Fair and Tender Ladies) arrived in 2013 .

Emerald City and West City Blues, the first two books featuring Seattle music journalist Laura Benton, are available on ebook and audiobook.

The Crooked Spire is set in Chesterfield in 1361 and can be found in paperback and ebook, as can the sequel, The Saltergate Psalter.

Chris’ new series is set in Leeds in the 1890s and features Detective Inspector Tom Harper. Gods of Gold is the first volume, followed by Two Bronze Pennies and Skin Like silver.

Dark Briggate Blues is a 1950s noir, with enquiry agent Dan Markham and also taking place in Leeds, as does The New Eastgate Swing, the second volume to feature Markham.

Chris is also the author of Solid Air – The Life of John Martyn. This appeared as an ebook and print on demand in June 2011, along with John’s posthumous album and a tribute CD that features many major names.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. I loved listening to The Broken Token. It’s a shame I cannot listen to the rest. Please don’t tempt the visual challenged with such a wonderful mystery and then pull the plug on our listening pleasure,

    1. Becky, thanks and I’m so glad you liked it. Unfortunately, The Broken Token is the only book in the series where I have the audio rights. The rest sit with the publisher. They’ve had an offer from Audible, but it would mean me giving up the rights for 10 years and I’d have no choice over the reader, no input as to how well it’s done. Much as I’d love to have the rest out on audio, without real quality control I just can’t let it happen. These books are my lifeblood. I do have a very, very different book out on audio, though, Emerald City. Doesn’t help, I know, I’m sorry. I realise it seems as if I’m the one pulling the plug. The company that did The Broken Token would gladly do more, but the publisher won’t agree.

  2. I loved the audio version of The Broken Token, I love audio books as I work on the farm. I didn’t understand the complexity of audio publishing. Keep writing your great books set in Leeds. I grew up in Bramley before eventually settling in Canada. Leeds has been fertile ground for producing good writers.

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