AUTHOR Christopher Nicolson will launch his third novel, Winter, at Dorset County Museum.

The historical fiction novel is an imagined crises in the career of Thomas Hardy, and traces the emotional lives of three characters – the elderly Hardy, his middle-aged wife and a young and beautiful local actress – over the course of a long and difficult winter in the mid-1920s.

Christopher’s previous book, The Elephant Keeper, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Encore Award.

A serial adaptation was broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Born in London and educated in Tunbridge Wells and Cambridge University, Christopher now lives on the Dorset and Wiltshire border.

He will sign copies of his novel at the event on Thursday, September 18.

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