Jonathan Nicholas - Author
Jonathan Nicholas - Author

Favourite reads

The majority of my favourite reads are listed and
reviewed in full on my Amazon Reviewer Page, link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pdp/profile/A1TSQEFV6L4KVC/ref=cm_cr_dp_pdp
Thrilling story, great characters, a lovely read.
Amazon link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Manager-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0241247527/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462537116&sr=8-1&keywords=the+night+manager+book
I've read this book so many times and made so many notes in the margin and on bits of paper! A must read for all writers.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Writers-Artists-Guide-How-Write/dp/1408157179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446732309&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+write
Frank, honest, informative, revealing. A must read for all writers.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003BVFZ4Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445523592&sr=1-1&keywords=stephen+king+on+writing
Germany & Japan won the Second World War. The Nazis occupy
the east of the USA and the Japanese occupy the West. How easily people adapt to such a way of life. A chilling and well written classic.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Castle-Penguin-Modern-Classics-ebook/dp/B008DM2MGW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445523095&sr=1-1&keywords=the+man+in+the+high+castle
A kind and generous man persecuted by the attack dogs of the State. Anger and frustration builds in this astonishing account of Paul's year under the Yewtree.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Paul-Gambaccini-Under-Yewtree-ebook/dp/B0156VNLHQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1445522740&sr=1-1&keywords=paul+gambaccini
Ever felt very low? Depressed, lonely? Suicidal? You must read this. But then everyone should read it. You are not alone.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N7KZLSG?keywords=matt%20haig&qid=1445522357&ref_=sr_1_1&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
Why do the so-called Islamic State want Sharia Law across the world? What is Sharia Law? Why do they hate the Jews and Israel so much? Why does Sunni Islam appear to despise Shia Islam? It is clear organisations such as Islamic State cannot be bombed into destruction. You cannot kill an idea.The solution to 'radical' Islam may therefore be a change to Islam itself, as Christianity had its own Reformation. This brilliant book by Ms Ali offers a solution.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heretic-Why-Islam-Needs-Reformation-ebook/dp/B00FVW8MH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1431680919&sr=1-1&keywords=heretic
The first of Bogarde's seven volumes of autobiography. The writing is superb, and includes wonderful, highly descriptive detail from his childhood.
Amazon link to buy this book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Postillion-Struck-Lightning-Bogardes-Autobiography/dp/0140105387/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369849836&sr=8-1&keywords=a+postillion+struck+by+lightning
A history book like no other. It reads like a fast-paced novel. Thrilling and detailed. It contains descriptions of the deep human suffering experienced on both sides of the tragic conflict. Superb.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stalingrad-Antony-Beevor/dp/0141032405/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850041&sr=1-1&keywords=stalingrad+antony+beevor
Simply the greatest love story ever written.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dr-Zhivago-Book-MP3-Pack/dp/1408276313/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850138&sr=1-3&keywords=dr+zhivago+book
As a fanatical diary writer myself, I found this book incredibly moving. Each night the teenage author made an entry in his diary and hid it from the Nazis in a secret hole in the wall. The last entry ended abruptly, mid-sentence. It was discovered in the wall after the war.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Krakow-Diary-Julius-Feldman/dp/0953628086/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850247&sr=1-1&keywords=the+krakow+diaries
The London Daily Telegraph once described this book as: 'Desperately moving...'
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Backcloth-Dirk-Bogardes-Autobiography-Bogarde/dp/0140089675/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850425&sr=1-1&keywords=back+cloth+dirk+bogarde
One of very few books in existence about kibbutz life written by an ex-volunteer, and a British one at that! It provided part of my inspiration for writing my own book on the subject: 'Kibbutz Virgin'.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beer-Bagels-Breakfast-John-Carson/dp/1901250369/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850510&sr=1-1&keywords=beer+and+bagels+for+breakfast
The anatomy of a writer. A brilliant and revealing book.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ever-Dirk-Bogarde-John-Coldstream/dp/0753825899/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850585&sr=1-1&keywords=ever%2C+dirk
A great little book. A wonderful story, much copied.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Triffids-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0141185414/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850665&sr=1-1&keywords=the+day+of+the+triffids+penguin
A collection of some of Roger McGough's best poetry.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waving-at-Trains-Poetry-Paperbacks/dp/0224020587/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850765&sr=1-1&keywords=waving+at+trains
It is believed that Emily Bronte wrote this passionate book entirely from her imagination. 'Wuthering Heights' was published in 1847. She died a spinster the next year at the age of 30.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wuthering-Heights-Wordsworth-Classics-Bronte/dp/1853260010/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850913&sr=1-1&keywords=wuthering+heights+emily+bronte
Pubished in 2012 this is a well written and deeply honest account of an Irishman's stint on a kibbutz in the dry heat of the Negev Desert in 1990. It's a great read and any ex-volunteer would love it, as would anyone else curious about kibbutz life.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kibbutz-memoir-Joseph-Kenny/dp/1477628584/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369850990&sr=1-1&keywords=kibbutz
Entertaining, amusing, revealing, thought-provoking. A great read. Mr Hitchens is already missed.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitch-22-Memoir-Christopher-Hitchens/dp/1843549220/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369851065&sr=1-1&keywords=hitch+22+christopher+hitchens
Dennis Potter's 1986 masterpiece. Vivid, powerful, and supremely well-written. The story of a crime writer's struggle between fact and fiction. Brilliant.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Detective-Dennis-Potter/dp/0571145906/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369851126&sr=1-1&keywords=the+singing+detective
Captured by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942 this is the harrowing true story of Alistair Urquhart's subsequent three year captivity. He describes the extreme brutality inflicted on his comrades including random beheadings and bayonetings, and his own beatings when he refused the sexual advances of his Japanese and Korean guards. A brilliant book from this unassuming octogenarian. Not for the faint hearted.
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Highlander-Incredible-Survival-During/dp/0349122571/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369851225&sr=1-1&keywords=the+forgotten+highlander
Not a book, but a weekly magazine. Some brilliant writing by some equally brilliant writers. I wait excitedly for the postman to deliver it every week like a child waiting for his favourite comic book to arrive.

Contact

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News                                 Steve Cherry will be attending several locations across the country for book signing events. Dates and locations to follow.                                                                Nov 2018 -  'Cherry Picking' is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other internet retailers.                                                            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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