Adam Nicolson

A life at sea

The most gripping sea-catastrophe writing I have read outside Conrad

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the novelist David Vann was 13, his father — a difficult, unhappy dreamer in his thirties, constantly in dread,…

‘Thetis giving Achilles his arms’ (fresco), Giulio Romano, 1492–1546

A new translation of the Iliad

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Why do another translation of Homer?’ Richmond Lattimore asked in the foreword to his own great translation of the Iliad…

A ‘nurse log’ — a tree stump in which a seed has germinated, thereby avoiding browsing herbivores and the overshading of undergrowth. From Uncommon Ground by Dominick Tyler

‘Broadband’ for ‘bluebell’...‘chatroom’ for ‘catkin’: standard vocabulary is being increasingly lost to the new technology, says Robert Macfarlane

28 February 2015 9:00 am

It is not only archaic or dialect terms in natural history we’re now missing in everyday speech, says Adam Nicolson. Soon children won’t even know what a dandelion is

Iceland, depicted in a World Atlas of 1553

The Edge of the World: deep subject, shallow history

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Michael Pye appears out of his depth in a cold, grey sea in the mists of time, says Adam Nicolson

‘Snow at Louveciennes’ by Alfred Sisley, 1878

Bleak beauty

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Adam Gopnik’s dazzlingly knowledgeable and beautifully told essays on winter began life as the Massey Lecture Series on Canadian National…

‘Bear Baiting’, by Henry Thomas Alken (188-1851), published by Thomas McLean, 1820

A chronicle of brutality

8 September 2012 9:00 am

From wholesale, hate-filled abuse to the modern taste for concealed exploitation, our treatment of the animal kingdom confirms us as the world’s cruellest brutes, says Adam Nicolson

Enchanting waters

14 May 2011 12:00 am

This is a book which is sometimes so private that reading it seems very nearly like an act of invasiveness.


Beyond pretty

17 March 2010 12:00 am

For the last 30 years John Lister-Kaye has lived at Aigas, in the valley of the River Beauly, seven or eight miles from the sea and half an hour west of Inverness.

Behind the wit

13 May 2009 12:00 am

Home to Roost and Other Peckings by Deborah Devonshire, edited by Charlotte Mosley


Out of his shell

12 November 2008 12:00 am

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, by Roger Deakin, edited by Alison Hastie and Terence Blacker