Geoff Nicholson

THE CITY UNDER THE SKIN (2014)

"The City Under the Skin" by Geoff Nicholson

“The City Under the Skin” by Geoff Nicholson

A misfit, cartography-obsessed clerk from a dingy map store in a district that’s not quite trendy yet. A bold young woman chasing the answer to a question she can’t quite formulate. A petty criminal hoping the parking lot he’s just purchased is the ticket to a new life of respectability with his school-aged daughter. A ruthless but vulnerable killer; his disgruntled accomplice. In The City Under the Skin, it’s not fate that will bind these characters together, but something more concrete and more sinister: the appearance of a group of mysterious women, their backs crudely and extensively tattooed with maps.

In this haunting, literary thriller, Geoff Nicholson paints a deft portrait of a city in transition. His sharply drawn characters are people desperate to know where they are but scared of being truly seen. A meditation on obsession and revenge, a hymn to the joys of urban exploration, The City Under the Skin is a wholly original crime novel about the indelible scars we both live with and inflict on others.

Rights: FSG, World

Territories sold to date: Croatia, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands

WALKING IN RUINS

Geoff Nicholson has long been a relentless (some would say obsessive) walker, and has written extensively about it.  But increasingly he finds himself avoiding beautiful landscapes and fine cities, preferring to walk through wastelands, junkyards, disused factories, abandoned neighborhoods.  In Walking in Ruins, he explores his own, and the world’s, fascination with ruin, from the magnificence of Stonehenge and the Pyramids all the way through to wrecked shacks in the deserts of the United States and Australia.   He investigates how ruins tell us about the present as much as the past, and also contain lessons for the future.  As he walks, he also reflects on mortality, the imperfections of the human body, and the ways in which we all ultimately become walking ruins.
Rights: Harbour, UK

All other rights: Union Literary

 

GRAVITY’S VOLKSWAGEN (2009)

Rights: Harbour, UK

THE LOST ART OF WALKING (2008)

Rights: Riverhead, US; Harbour, UK; Graf & Book, Korea

SEX COLLECTORS (2006)

Rights: Simon & Schuster, US

THE HOLLYWOOD DODO (2004)

Rights: Simon & Schuster, US; Serpent’s Tale, UK; Rebis, Poland

BEDLAM BURNING (2003)

Rights: Overlook, US; Mockba, Russia

FEMALE RUINS (1999)

Rights: Overlook, US

FLESH GUITAR (1998)

Rights: Overlook, US

BLEEDING LONDON (1995)

Rights: Overlook, US; LEDA, Romania

FOOTSUCKER (1995)

Rights: Overlook, US; Marco Tropea, Italy; Laffont Fixot, France

STILL LIFE WITH VOLKSWAGEN (1994)

Rights: Overlook, US

THE ERROL FLYNN NOVEL (1993)

Rights: Overlook, US

THE FOOD CHAIN (1992)

Rights: Overlook, US; Tempos Modernos, Spain; Riverside Press, Japan

HUNTERS AND GATHERERS (1991)

Rights: Overlook, US

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAYS (1990)

Rights: Laffont Fixot, France