Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Christopher Nicholson

Winter

2015, pp. 272, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609452957
Region: Britain
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 17.00

The book

A November morning in the 1920s finds an elderly man in his 80s walking the grounds of his Dorchester home, pondering his past and future with deep despondence. That man is the revered novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, and Christopher Nicholson’s fictionalized account of the final years of the accomplished writer’s life is as engrossing as it is heartbreaking. The novel focuses on the true events that occurred around the London theater dramatization of Hardy’s acclaimed novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, including Hardy’s hand-picked casting of the young, alluring Gertrude “Gertie” Bugler of The Hardy Players to play Tess. As plans for the play become more concrete, Hardy’s interest in Gertie becomes a voyeuristic infatuation, causing him to write some of the best poems of his career. When Hardy’s reclusive wife, Florence, catches wind of Hardy’s desire for Gertie to take the London stage, however, a tangled web of jealousy and missed opportunity ensnares all three characters—with devastating results. Told from the perspectives of Hardy, Gertie, and Florence, Nicholson’s novel perfectly captures the often-difficult juxtaposition of fledgling hopes and the unfulfilled life. With expert insight into the struggles of both Hardy and Florence, coupled with poetic yet unassuming prose, Winter is certainly on par with the novels of its central character.

The author

Christopher Nicholson
Christopher Nicholson is a writer, living in England. Winter is his third novel. His two earlier novels are The Fattest Man In America (2005) and The Elephant Keeper (2009). The Elephant Keeper was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Encore Award. He has two children, a son and a daughter. For the past twenty-five years he has lived in the countryside on the border between Wiltshire and Dorset.

Press

From the same country

  • Su Bristow

    Sealskin

    2019, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    Donald, a young fisherman, is overwhelmed when he comes across a group of beautiful women dancing on the shore beneath the moonlight. They are selkies...
  • Natalie Haynes

    The Children of Jocasta

    2018, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    Told in intersecting narratives, this feminist reimagining of Sophocles’ classic plays brings life and voice to the women who were too often forced...
  • Alan Parks

    Bloody January

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    An exciting, evocative first-in-series noir novel set in 1973 Glasgow, a city on the cusp of a heroin epidemic, featuring detective Harry McCoy.
  • Jane Gardam

    Faith Fox

    2017, pp. 384, $ 18.00
    The story of a motherless girl named Faith and her family and close friends, all of whom are determined to see her live a happy life.
  • Anthony Quinn

    Freya

    2017, pp. 560, $ 19.00
    Set immediately after the end of WWII, Freya explores the lives and friendship of two British females at a time where gender roles were changing...
  • Jane Gardam

    The Flight of the Maidens

    2017, pp. 336, $ 17.00
    Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens. With her characteristic wit, Gardam...

More suggestions

  • Felicity Castagna

    No More Boats

    2019, pp. 250, $ 17.00
    A finalist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018, No More Boats is not only a riveting story of a modern family it directly addresses...
  • Su Bristow

    Sealskin

    2019, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    Donald, a young fisherman, is overwhelmed when he comes across a group of beautiful women dancing on the shore beneath the moonlight. They are selkies...
  • Levan Berdzenishvili

    Sacred Darkness

    2019, pp. 256, $ 17.00
    Based on true events, a thrilling marriage of reportage and fiction, Sacred Darkness brings together the stories of a group of citizens from...
  • Fabio Bartolomei

    We Are Family

    2019, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, maybe a genius. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first,...
  • Pascale Pujol

    Little Culinary Triumphs

    2018, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    Set in the storied Parisian quarter of Montmarte, this heartwarming, comic tale is a must for foodies, Francophiles, and lovers of a good story...
  • Sandrine Collette

    Nothing But Dust

    2018, pp. 304, $ 17.00
    By the time Rafael is born, the family farm has already gone to hell. Rafael’s father has abandoned them. His older brothers, the twins Mauro...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X