Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist. A contributor to the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Scotsman and BBC Radio 4 among others, he has covered stories ranging from Russian presidential elections to the coca wars of Bolivia, for which he was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
His latest book, Urban Worrier: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go (Little Brown, Jun 2011) is the story of his year-long quest to find balance and fulfilment by sampling everything from naturism to monasticism, Buddhism to ballooning. “Pitch-perfect,” wrote the Scotsman’s reviewer. “Thorpe’s epiphany is profound and affecting, and it is the counterpoint of poignancy and comedy that makes this very personal search for peace so utterly life-affirming.”
Adrift in Caledonia: Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened (Abacus 2006), charts his 2500-mile journey around Scotland on other people’s boats. It was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme in March 2006. Eight Men and a Duck, his critically-acclaimed first book, recounts his voyage to Easter Island by reed boat and was published by Abacus in 2003. Born in 1970, Nick grew up near London but moved to Scotland nearly 20 years ago. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young son.
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