Geoff Nicholson


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in Sheffield, The United Kingdom
March 04, 1953

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Geoff Nicholson is a British novelist and non-fiction writer. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Essex.

The main themes and features of his books include leading characters with obsessions, characters with quirky views on life, interweaving storylines and hidden subcultures and societies. His books usually contain a lot of black humour. He has also written three works of non-fiction and some short stories. His novel Bleeding London was shortlisted for the 1997 Whitbread Prize.


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MORE OBELISK WALKS

My obelisk ‘thing’ continues: let’s call it an interest rather than an obsession at this stage.It ties in with walking, of course.I don’t in general go walking in search of them, but if in the course of a walk I happen to see one, then my heart leaps up.
This in turn partly ties in with my love of graveyards (I don’t think I’m a full-on taphophile).If I’m walking and I see there’s a cemetery nea... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.43 · 2,602 ratings · 343 reviews · 38 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Lost Art of Walking: Th...

3.24 avg rating — 627 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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Bleeding London

3.53 avg rating — 369 ratings — published 1997 — 16 editions
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The City Under the Skin

3.20 avg rating — 355 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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Footsucker

3.68 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 1995 — 13 editions
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Everything and More

3.95 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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Bedlam Burning

3.43 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 2000 — 9 editions
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The Food Chain

3.66 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 1992 — 11 editions
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Still Life With Volkswagens

3.63 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
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Flesh Guitar

3.41 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Hunters and Gatherers

3.59 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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“Walk some night on a suburban street and pass house after house on both sides of the same street each with the lamplight of the living room, shining golden, and inside the little blue square of the television, each living family riveting its attention on probably one show; nobody talking; silence in the yards; dogs barking at you because you pass on human feet instead of wheels.”
Geoff Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism

“It occurred to me, not exactly for the first time, that psychogeography didn't have much to do with the actual experience of walking. It was a nice idea, a clever idea, an art project, a conceit, but it had very little to do with any real walking, with any real experience of walking. And it confirmed for me what I'd really known all along, that walking isn't much good as a theoretical experience. You can dress it up any way you like, but walking remains resolutely simple, basic, analog. That's why I love it and love doing it. And in that respect--stay with me on this--it's not entirely unlike a martini. Sure you can add things to martinis, like chocolate or an olive stuffed with blue cheese or, God forbid, cotton candy, and similarly you can add things to your walks--constraints, shapes, notions of the mapping of utopian spaces--but you don't need to. And really, why would you? Why spoil a good drink? Why spoil a good walk?”
Geoff Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism

“Your own exploration therefore has to be personalized; you're doing it for yourself, increasing your own store of particular knowledge, walking your own eccentric version of the city. ”
Geoff Nicholson, The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, and Literature of Pedestrianism
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