Books

I Want My Mummy Back

Jon Nicholson

'This account will not hide from the truth of what this illness does to the one who is suffering, and to all those whom that person loved the most. Above all, however, I want to write this book because my story, which is also Emma's and that of our three wonderful children, is nevertheless a story of hope.'

I Want My Mummy Back is Jon's Nicholson's moving account of how he and his children coped when their mother was diagnosed with the cancer that ultimately took her life. Here he writes about how her illness put unimaginable strains on the relationship with his wife and the loved ones around them and how as a family they coped and pulled together in the dark days after her death to discover a life that although very different from the one they had planned is happy.

Jon Nicholson lost his wife to osteosarcoma, a very rare form of bone cancer. Emma died in 2004, just 14 months after being diagnosed.

Ganges

Jon Nicholson

The Ganges (Gang Ma or Great Mother) is the holiest river in the world. Rising from the pure glacial meltwaters of the Himalayas, it flows down onto India's northern plain and heads eastward into the swamplands of Bangladesh, finally discharging a vast, 500km (310-mile) tongue of silt into the Bay of Bengal.

As well as filling wells and irrigating crops to sustain the cities and villages along its banks, it is the spiritual life-blood of India's primary religion, Hinduism. Bathing in the Ganges remains the lifelong ambition of many of India's believing masses, who consider the river to be a living goddess. People gather daily at her banks to murmur prayers, baptise children, wash vibrantly coloured saris, drink her waters or simply die - believing such acts help absolve sins and lead the way to nirvana.

Ganges reveals the source of the river high in the Himalayas - the youngest mountain range in the world - and follows its route as it sharply incises the mountains on its journey southeast. Along the way, we discover the Hindu story of the river's creation and how it supports the myriad forms of life that thrive on its banks.

With stunning images by photographer Jon Nicholson and accompanying text by the producers of the BBC2 television series, Ganges is a true visual feast - as teeming with life and colour as the mighty river itself.

Biography

Jon Nicholson has been a photographer for over twenty years, working all over the world. His editorial work includes projects with the Sunday Times Magazine, National Geographic Society, Elle and Conde Nast Traveller. He has also published a number of books including the critically acclaimed Ganges.