Nicola Cornick

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Nicola Cornick
BornBradford, Yorkshire, England
OccupationNovelist and historian
Alma materUniversity of London
Genre historical romance, timeslip
Relatives Patricia Hunt (godmother)

Nicola Cornick (born 1964 in Bradford Yorkshire, England) is a British writer of historical romance novels and more recently, timeslip mysteries that merge multiple genres, including historical fiction, romance, suspense, adventure, crime, science fiction/fantasy and the supernatural. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and she has won a number of awards.She is also a historian specialising in public history. She acts as a volunteer guide and historian at Ashdown House, a 17th-century National Trust hunting lodge in Oxfordshire and is a trustee of the Friends of Lydiard Park, Swindon and of the Wantage Literary Festival.


Nicola Cornick was elected the twenty-eight chair (2017–2019) of the Romantic Novelists' Association, [1] and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Historical Writers' Association. She is a speaker on various writing and history-related topics and is RNA archivist.


Nicola Cornick was born in Yorkshire, England. She obtained an honours degree in Medieval History from London University. She worked for many years in university administration, becoming Assistant Academic Registrar and Operations Manager at Cranfield University. She returned to college in Oxford, to study at Ruskin College. [2] gaining a master's degree with distinction in Public History.

She published her first novel in 1998 for Mills & Boon (reedited as Harlequin Enterprises in USA), specializing in romances set in the British Regency. In 2006 she moved to HQN Books in the United States and published longer historical romances with settings ranging from 19th century Scotland to the Arctic. In 2014 she signed with Harper Collins HQ to write highly acclaimed multiple time period historical mysteries.

Nicola Cornick's books have been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards and the RNA awards, and have won the Reader's Choice Award, the Laurel Wreath and the LORIES. She has been Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence and has spoken at the Oxford Literary Festival on the history and development of the romance novel and at Sharjah International Book Fair on the appeal of the historical novel. Her works are recognised for their historical research and well-observed characterisation.

She lives in Oxfordshire, England.

Traditional Regencies

  1. True Colours (1998)
  2. The Virtuous Cyprian (1998)
  3. The Larkswood Legacy (1999)
  4. Lady Polly (1999)
  5. Miss Verey's Proposal (2000)
  6. Lady Allerton's Wager (2000)
  7. The Notorious Marriage (2002)
  8. The Earl's Prize (2002)
  9. The Chaperon Bride (2003)
  10. Wayward Widow (2003)

Blue Stocking Brides Series

  1. The Notorious Lord (2004)
  2. One Night of Scandal (2004)
  3. The Rake's Mistress (2004)

Regency historicals

The Brides of Fortune Series

  1. The Secrets of a Courtesan (2009)
  2. The Confessions of a Duchess (2009)
  3. The Scandals of An Innocent (2009)
  4. The Undoing of a Lady (2009)

Scandalous Women of the Ton Series

  1. Whisper of Scandal (2010)
  2. One Wicked Sin (2010)
  3. Mistress by Midnight (2010)
  4. Notorious (2011)
  5. Desired (2011)
  6. Forbidden (2012)

The Scottish Brides

  1. The Lady and the Laird (2013)
  2. One night with the Laird (2013)
  3. Claimed by the Laird (2014)

Multi Period Historical

  1. House of Shadows (2015)
  2. The Phantom Tree (2016)
  3. The Woman in the Lake (2019)
  4. The Forgotten Sister (2020)
  5. The Last Daughter (2021)


Steepwood Scandal Series Multi-Author

4. A Companion of Quality (2001)
14. An Unlikely Suitor (2002)

Anthologies in collaboration

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  1. RNA Officers, archived from the original on 13 February 2009, retrieved 7 February 2010
  2. Meet Nicola at Official Website