- The City Under the Skin
Nicholson (Bleeding London) charms the reader with offbeat humor and unexpected narrative tangents, but he doesn’t trust his audience enough.
- Hunters and Gatherers
British satirist Nicholson's 1991 novel describes a writer commissioned to write a book about collectors and the various eccentrics he encounters during the course of his research.
- Flesh Guitar
The loose structure accommodates Nicholson's taste for parody and pastiche.
- Female Ruins
Nicholson eschews the sarcastic bite of his earlier books (such as Whitbread-nominee Bleeding London), unraveling a complex, subtle story with equally intricate and modulated characters.
- Still Life with Volkswagens
Nicholson deftly adds more bizarre characters, all linked by their Volkswagen mania.
- The Miranda
The reader meets Joe Johnson, the articulate narrator of Nicholson’s sharp and thought-provoking novel, at a crossroads in his life.
- The Food Chain
Britain's Nicholson delivers a savvy, morbidly humorous story of a trendy L.A. restaurateur's undesired initiation into a secretive London club.
It's not Nicholson's most ambitious book, but those who aren't too grossed out will enjoy this fiendish satire of a culture obsessed with sex, power and kinky apparel.
- THE HOLLYWOOD DODO
Nicholson's alternating narrative is split three ways.
- BEDLAM BURNING
(Feb.)Forecast:If Nicholson ever manages to break out in the U.S.
- Bleeding London
Meanwhile, Nicholson follows the stalkings of Mick Walton, a Sheffield tough who has come down to sort out six chaps whom his stripper girlfriend has fingered for raping her at a party.
- The Food Chain
Nicholson's stateside debut, a dark parable of appetites carnal, commercial and culinary, sets him firmly in the contemporary British mode of savvy, morbid humor pioneered by compatriots like Martin Amis and Pete Davies.
- Everything and More
An off-beat tale with a sardonic edge, Nicholson's brightly lit black comedy takes place in Haden Brothers, a monstrous London department store that is a combination of Harrod's, Kafka's Castle and the Marx Brothers' The Big Store.
- Sex Collectors: The Secret World of Erotic Consumers, Connoisseurs, Curators, Creators, Dealers, Bibliographers, and Accumulators
Nicholson is aware of these shortcomings: "I know it's partial, prejudiced, incomplete....
Leather pumps, larceny and love from an offbeat master (Still Life with Volkswagens) of black comedy.