His debut, Show Me the Sky, was nominated for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize, and his second novel, The Hummingbird and the Bear, was published in 2011 and the recipient of a K Blundell Trust award.
He is a founder of the revived Authors Cricket Club, a team of cricket playing writers. The Authors XI was published by Bloomsbury and short-listed for the MCC Book of the Year.
Nicholas was born in Leicester. After graduating from the University of East London with a psychology degree, he travelled widely, living in the United States, Fiji, and Japan.
In Tokyo he worked as an English teacher and an actor, appearing in television shows, adverts, and in a hit computer game as a zombie. He then became press officer for a Japanese NGO ship and sailed the around the world three times, reporting on global development issues.
He has also worked as a journalist, counsellor, motorbike courier, and an editor, and he now lives in London.