The Only Biography of Nigel Balchin:

Praise for His Own Executioner:

‘First-rate biography’ – David Collard, The Literary Review

‘Collett paints a convincing picture’ – D.J. Taylor, The Times Literary Supplement

‘Eminently readable’ – George Thomas, Quadrant

‘A riveting and revealing biography’ – Cathi Unsworth, ‘First Lady of noir writing’ and author of That Old Black Magic

‘Fascinating’ – Paul Willetts, author of King Con

A revised and updated edition of His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin by Derek Collett was published in November 2020. This second edition of the book includes a new preface, an expanded selection of photographs (a number of which have never been published before) and various other new pieces of content. To purchase a copy from Amazon, please follow the link below:

In the UK, it is also possible to buy the book from a bookshop if you inform the bookseller that they can order it via the wholesaler, Gardners. If you are having difficulty buying a copy then please email me via the ‘contact’ page on this site and I will see what I can do to help you. Thanks.








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