Jonathan Nicholas - Author
Jonathan Nicholas - Author
"...and I was beginning to try some writing. I had 'known' for years that this was what I really wanted to do."
Christopher Hitchens, 'Hitch-22'.
Jonathan was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. He grew up in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, and attended King Ecgbert School in Sheffield. He has always maintained a passion for aeroplanes, and became a glider pilot and pilot of light aircraft. He has always been a fanatical diary keeper.
When he was just eighteen, Jonathan left the UK to live on the border with Lebanon and Syria, where he was frequently caught up in air raids. His diary from this time provided the source material for the best-selling book 'Kibbutz Virgin'.
Jonathan then worked in a bank in Grantham, Lincolnshire, but left the UK again to live in the Negev Desert close to Gaza. Days off were frequently spent in Gaza City drinking coffee and chatting with the locals.
He then worked in Germany as a labourer, living in an old red-brick tenement with a group of mad Polish workers and some crazy craic-loving Irishmen. He then travelled on to Australia.He stayed in Oz for twelve months, becoming an illegal immigrant by over-staying his six week tourist visa. He undertook casual work and had an unforgettable adventure when he hitchhiked across the continent, from Brisbane to Darwin, down across the Red Centre to Adelaide, and back to Brisbane.He then spent three months in New Zealand, hitchhiking around the North Island. His astonishing experiences down under are detailed in his non-fiction travel book 'Oz- A Hitchhiker's Australian Anthology'.
On his eventual return to the UK Jonathan became a police officer and for the next thirty years he worked in some very busy and challenging multi-cultural areas of inner city England as a uniform police officer, almost always on the 'front line'. He worked in the City of Nottingham at various police stations, for ten years working as the beat officer for the Nottingham City Hospital. He dealt with some bizarre cases such as a doctor with disturbing sexual habits, dishonest staff and patients, and unscrupulous thieves who ruthlessly targeted the hospital campus on a daily basis. His extraordinary experiences as a hospital cop are detailed in his book 'Hospital Beat.'
He was commended several times during his police career culminating in 2007 when he won the coveted Community Police Officer of the Year Award. For a while he wrote a regular column in the national UK police magazine Police Review, where his professional writing began.

He has a lot of interesting stories to tell about his time in the police, as you can imagine, and they are now detailed in his book 'Who'd be a Copper?'

Jonathan has kept a detailed daily diary all his life, from school days to the present day. Everything he has ever done and everyone he has ever met or had any encounter with is recorded. He therefore has a huge amount of source material available to him.
Jonathan currently lives mainly in the UK, in between trips to the South of France and return visits to Australia.


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News                                 Jan 2021: Jonathan is well into the process of writing his next book, also about a pilot in WW2, but in a completely different theatre of war from his last book 'Kittyhawk Down', the fact-based story of an RAF pilot in the desert. Luftwaffe pilot Paul Ratz crash-landed his FW190 in July 1943 on the Leningrad Front and the aeroplane wasn't found until 1989. 'Vermisst - Paul Ratz & his FW190' will be published later in 2021.  Meanwhile, 'Kittyhawk Down' has received some great reviews so far. It is available as a paperback or as an ebook for your phone or tablet via Amazon, Googleplay, or direct from the publishers. The never-before-told story of missing pilot Dennis Copping who disappeared on 28th June 1942 in Kittyhawk ET574, is published by The Book Guild.  The paperback is also available at Waterstones, Foyles and other great bookshops.                                                            Feb 2019 -  'Cherry Picking' is now available on Amazon and other internet retailers as paperback and ebook.                                                            Aug 2018 - 'Cherry Picking - Life between the Sticks' has been taken on by traditional publisher The Book Guild and will be released on 28th Feb 2019                                                                               June 2018: Jonathan has now completed the manuscript for the new book 'Cherry Picking - Life between the Sticks' working with Steve Cherry, former goalkeeper with Derby County, Walsall, Plymouth Argyle & Notts County, about his football career.  Hopefully released later in 2018/early 2019.                                                                                          September 2017:  'Active' released under the fiction writing pen name of Dan Hastings.                                                                                                                                                                June 2016: 'Who'd be a Copper?' Shortlisted by Writing Magazine Best Self-Published Book 2016.                                                                                                                                                                             

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