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