Tom Fleck – a new review.

Tom Fleck on Amazon

I’m delighted with a new 5 star review that appeared today.
It was unsolicited and from Rebecca Jones.
Rebecca writes for the new arts and writing on-line magazine, ‘What The Dickens’

A Human and Credible Historical Novel, 25 Oct 2012
R. Jones
Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: Tom Fleck (Kindle Edition)

‘Tom Fleck’ is a very human rendering of an event which can tend to be quite militarily technical and forensic when studied through non-fiction alone. Harry Nicholson has achieved something which is a lot more challenging than it often appears- he has written full and credible characters in the face of the distancing effect of history. I read a lot of historical fiction, some of it more believable than the rest, and two of the things which I find can go either way are the character depth and the dialogue. ‘Tom Fleck’ delivers characters which convey their time, place and circumstances in a believable way. The extent to which we can really know with any certainty how the rank and file of 1513 would have thought and lived and loved with each other is debatable. For this reason, it takes a proficient grasp of the mores and limitations of the period to make a novel like this read in a way which isn’t tacky or stultifying. One of the hardest things has to be finding a voice for a 500 year-old character, and constructing credible dialogue. The road to such things is paved with cliche, and it takes a writer who is really entrenched in their period to pull this off.

Harry Nicholson has made ‘Tom Fleck’ a smooth and engaging read. He creates atmosphere, employs setting, conjures a sense of foreboding and constructs dialogue in ways that make the novel a pleasure to read. Even very good historical fiction often has its ‘cringe moments’, where a character does or says something that simply doesn’t gel with their nature or setting. ‘Tom Fleck’ manages to avoid these, despite often dealing with subjects, like family loyalty and love, which can lend themselves to cliche- points at which many a competent writer could be forgiven for coming unstuck.

‘Tom Fleck’ made a refreshing change from the historical fiction which deals almost exclusively with royalty, the nobility and the wealthy (there’s nothing wrong with any of this, but I think most readers would agree that the feeling of discovering something which represents a departure from the more formulaic offerings is very satisfying).

This will appeal to fans of fiction generally, and historical fiction fans more specifically. It also has a great deal to offer fans of historical non-fiction and military/battlefield history. I urge you to read it.

Rebecca Jones

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published memoirs of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days' and 'You'll See Wonders" I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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13 Responses to Tom Fleck – a new review.

  1. mj says:

    Congratulations! To complete a book is stupendous, to e-publish it and have it up on Amazon AND get a 5-star review (unsolicited) is like winning a marathon. Great work there! I will most certainly look it up and I hope you get right down to writing that sequel you plan.
    Thank you also for visiting my blog and your kind comment on the Bookshop.

  2. sonsy lass says:

    Wonderful review, Harry and very well deserved!


  3. Doug Huestis says:

    Mr Nicholson: I recently finished your Tom Fleck book and hugely enjoyed it. I left a 5-star review on, but I don’t know whether that transfers to I too have an e-book that seems to be invisible on Amazon, something I’m trying to correct. It would certainly help if you would review it. I think you would like it. It’s a historical fantasy set in Montreal on the eve of WW II, i.e., urban, not rural like yours. But it has to do with a boy with certain powers that he uses to try to thwart a plot to kill the visiting king and queen (May 1939). TYhe boy is pestered by a smelly demon and an old man who seems to know everything. Please look up “The Three Talents of Timothy O’Dowd” by Doug Huestis. If you would agree to review it, please let me know by e-mail, and I’ll give you a code for a free copy from

    I’ve been in the country you describe so well, mostly the moors in the vicinity of Kirbymoorside and Pickering, and I’ve tramped the old Roman road by Goathland (in pouring rain!). I guess that’s why I enjoyed your descriptions so much.

    I guess we both need to study how to make our books more visible. I’m working on it. Good luck to you and I hope to hear from you. Doug Huestis

  4. Hello Christine. It has done well for reviews, the lowest is a 3star on Amazon and, even so, its wording is complimentary.

  5. ktb99 says:

    Congratulations! Hope this helps with sales! Nevertheless, a great recognition. From sunny Sydney Kate

    Sent from my iPhone Excuse typos and brevity!


  6. vivinfrance says:

    Bravo, Harry – every word true. Where are you now in the Amazon league table?

  7. Harry this is a fantastic review! Very well done!


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