Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare is a British novelist and biographer.

Born to a diplomat, Nicholas Shakespeare grew up in the Far East and in South America. He was educated at the Dragon School preparatory school in Oxford, then at Winchester College and at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He worked as a journalist for BBC television and then on The Times as assistant arts and literary editor. From 1988 to 1991 he was literary editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

Since 2000, Shakespeare has been Patron of the Anita Goulden Trust, helping children in the Peruvian city of Piura. The UK-based charity was set up following an article that Shakespeare wrote for the Daily Telegraph magazine, which raised more than £350,000.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is married with two small boys and currently lives in Oxford.

Books in order of publication:

The Vision Of Elena Silves

Bruce Chatwin – 1993

The Dancer Upstairs – 1995

In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World – 2004

Secrets of the Sea – 2007

Inheritance – 2010

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France – 2013

Snowleg – 2014

Stories from Other Places – 2015

Oddfellows – 2015

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister – 2017