Books by Peter Nichols

THE ROCKS by Peter Nichols
Released: May 26, 2015

"A literary island vacation with a worldly, wonderfully salacious storyteller."
The lives and loves of expatriates on Mallorca, shaped by a 60-year-old misunderstanding. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"More intelligent history than breathless sea adventure."
Nichols (A Voyage for Madmen, 2001, etc.) fashions a somewhat scattershot but engaging narrative around the waning days of America's whaling industry and its crash in the Artic by 1871. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A detailed and generally fair-minded portrait of a man whose talents should have earned him a higher place in history, but whose shortcomings reduced him a footnote."
The skipper of the HMS Beagle gets his own book at last. Read full book review >
A VOYAGE FOR MADMEN by Peter Nichols
Released: June 4, 2001

"Laced with suspense, but not exactly another Perfect Storm, this will appeal more to real sailors than armchair salts."
A well-detailed, fast-paced chronicle of the Sunday Times of London's 1968 Golden Globe Race, in which nine men attempted to sail nonstop around the world alone. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Colorful, inventive, intensely evocative, but overstocked with points of view—even a polar bear has his say, as he makes a meal of one of the crew."
On firm, even mesmerizing footing in treating devices nautical and details of both land and sea, first-novelist Nichols (a memoir, Sea Change, 1997) can't quite bring off the odd lot of shipmates in this ill-begotten voyage, a rich man's folly into the Arctic in pursuit of trophy game at the height of the Depression. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1997

"Though Toad springs a major leak and must be abandoned before reaching its destination, one comes away with the feeling that Nichols has indeed acquitted himself well. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A little wooden sailboat, a raft of memories, and the wide blue Atlantic carry sailor Nichols from England to Maine, almost, in this earnest, reflective chronicle. Read full book review >