The son of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson tells his own story of soldiering, publishing, politics and authorship. As a child Nigel Nicolson was the companion of Virginia Woolf when she was writing ORLANDO, the mock biography of his mother. His later life as a soldier, then an MP and finally full-time writer and publisher are here recorded with great insight and style.
Nigel Nicolson is the son of the politician, diarist and biographer Harold Nicolson, and the poet and writer Vita Sackville-West who restored Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust. The family were close friends with Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Nicolson was the co-founder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, was a Conservative MP in the 1950s and is the author of fifteen previous books.