Nicholas Jubber is the author of five books of travel and history, a winner and multiple nominee of the Stanford/Dolman travel book award. His journeys have taken him across Iran and Afghanistan, investigating the tale of a medieval priest-king in East Africa, joining nomadic caravans in the Sahara and travelling amongst epic reciters in Europe.
His latest book, The Fairy Tellers, narrates the history behind many of our most beloved tales, through the lives of seven key figures in fairy tale history, many of whom have been neglected by mainstream literary history. These include a soldier-of-fortune who compiled Europe’s earliest fairy tale collection, the woman who wrote ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and a Russian revolutionary who collected folk tales and was embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Tsar.
Researching the book, Nicholas encountered a witch festival in the Black Forest, reindeer herders in Lapland and Neapolitan actors performing some of Europe’s earliest fairy tales, and the book has been praised as ‘a riveting journey into the stories behind stories’ by the Financial Times, ‘a captivating journey’ by BBC History and chosen as The Times audiobook of the week.
His website: www.nickjubber.com