DAILY MAIL Dying at home – rather than in a hospital – is something many of us say we would prefer, according to a recent YouGov survey. But although the Government has said it will try to make it easier, it’s still an option denied to many people.  Here, in a moving and ultimately uplifting account, writer NICK MAES describes his mother Marjorie’s death, and why it was so important for her whole family that it happened in the place she loved best… Continue reading


‘Maes is a very gifted writer, with a wicked sense of humour and a truly romantic soul… a gem of a novel that is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts’ The Times

‘Witty, tragic and unexpectedly uplifting’ Big Issue

‘Funny, sad and peppered with pithy observations about love, sex, death and the pursuit of happiness… Hugely enjoyable from start to finish… More please’ Time Out

‘At times witty, at times wistful and ultimately deeply moving… a beautifully orchestrated achievement’ Attitude

‘Funny, sad, a bittersweet treat’ Daily Express

I contribute to a wide variety of programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, including The Food Programme, Today, Excess Baggage, Traveller’s Tree and You & Yours as well as making documentaries.  Recent work includes…


WORLD SERVICE In Polar Bear Kebabs, travel journalist Nick Maes follows Kazem Ariaiwand through a typical day.  He recounts his flight from Teheran to setting up shop near the North Pole and explores his hopes of seeing his son once more. We contrast this vivid narrative with remarkable stories from some of Ariaiwand’s immigrant friends who have also sought to live in this frozen and all but secret society.

Link http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/02/100219_fridaydoc_polar_bear_kebabs.shtml


RADIO 4 Nick Maes revisits and celebrates The Who’s influential rock-opera Tommy, 40 years on.  Featuring interviews with The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey; Ken Russell, who directed the 1975 film version; Paul Nicholas, who appeared in the film as Cousin Kevin; and Michael Cerveris, star of the 1993 Broadway musical.

Link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kfqmb