Agent: Mark Lucas
During his 15 years in the RAF John Nichol flew Tornadoes in Air Defence and Ground Attack roles around the world, from the Nevada Desert to the Falkland Islands. He and his pilot John Peters were shot down on the first low-level daylight raid of the First Gulf War. Captured and tortured, they were paraded on TV, provoking worldwide condemnation, and leaving one of the enduring images of the conflict. He returned to active duty as part of the UN force maintaining the fragile peace in Bosnia.
John is the bestselling author of 15 books including the bestselling Tornado Down (Penguin, 2002) written with John Peters which describes their POW ordeal, The Red Line (HarperCollins, 2014) which is a classic account of the ill-fated Nuremberg Raid and its tumultuous and deeply moving aftermath and After the Flood: What the Dambusters Did Next (HarperCollins, 2016). Published in paperback as Return of the Dambusters, it tells the incredible story of how the men of 617 Squadron took the fight to the heart of Hitler’s war machine and helped change the course of the war. It is a story of the most dangerous sorties, heart-breaking setbacks and incredible courage.
His latest book, the Sunday Times bestseller, Spitfire: A Very British Love Story (Simon and Schuster, 2018) is a passionate portrait of the magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them. Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. John takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.
written for all of the UK national newspapers including The Times, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, and is a widely
quoted commentator on military affairs.
John has been a consultant and presenter for Newsnight, BBC News, CNN,
World in Action, ITN, Sky News and Cutting Edge, and has also devised and
presented 2 series of Survivors, interviewing newsmakers who have been
through life-changing experiences.