John Chapman was born in Surrey and educated at Epsom College. He took a degree in agriculture at London University and worked in Malaya for the Rubber Research Institute for eight years. Returning to England in 1963, he was, briefly, a teacher and then worked in public relations for over twenty years. A keen amateur actor all his life, he turned professional after his retirement (stage name John Nicholas) and has appeared on television and in many theatre productions. He was recently seen in a national tour of ‘Rebecca’. He has written many articles, and some poetry, over the years, but ‘Playing the Empire’ is his first book.

He is married, with two grown-up children. He is 75 and lives in Dorset, in south-west England.

7 Responses to “About the author”

  1. 2 Dr. Tom Bibey March 6, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I am a new blogger. I read your bio. If you are not being read, I am in trouble.

  2. 3 drtombibey March 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm


    I plan a post first thing in the am (E.S.T.) that mentions your blog. With it I hope to generate some U.S. traffic for your blog, but more than that I hope to stimulate trans-Atlantic discussion.

    Look forward to reading your work. As you can see from mine, I could stand some culture!

    Dr. B

  3. 4 johnchap March 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm


    I’m most grateful. I’ll do what I can to reciprocate. I’m all for transatlantic interchange. Because of the movies, and our common (almost) language, we Brits tend to think that we know about America; but I suspect that we have many wrong ideas!

  4. 5 Rose March 19, 2009 at 6:36 pm


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  5. 6 Ros July 24, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Thought you might like to know that I found your blog while looking for information about Hardy country. Your photos are lovely and I learned that Piddletrenthide is a real place (it also features in “Lark Rise to Candleford”) I am much inspired to visit that part of England again after gap of about 40 years ….

    A snippet on language use from Australia – in Germany recently, the PM Kevin Rudd said it was unlikely any progress would emerge from the Major Economies Forum “by way of detailed programmatic specificity”.

    Sydney, Australia

    • 7 johnchap July 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

      How good to hear from you, Ros! I only visited Sydney once – and that was in 1962! I’m glad you like the pictures; it’s time I did some more. If you do come on a visit to ‘Wessex’, let me know; perhaps we could meet up.

      Loved your quote from Mr Rudd. A prize piece of neopolitical obscurantism (otherwise known as gobbledegook)!


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