Nikolas Ridout was born and raised in Rondebosch, Cape Town. He went to the Rondebosch Boys School, and began his career working for General Motors. He later found his niche in IT while working with IBM. After taking an early retirement from corporate life, Nick started teaching IT at college. Despite being an avid reader and writer, Nick never pursued writing as a profession until recently. As a young boy, he had heard tales of the Anglo-Boer War from his grandfather. Now, he brings those stories into life through his writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cape Town South Africa. Yes it has influenced this trilogy a lot. My maternal grandfather was in the South African War and he would tell me stories of when he was young boy how he would carry messages from the Boers outside Kimberley to their families inside. I would sit entranced, listening, he was only six years old. My upbringing was frightfully colonial, both my Father and Mother were in the Second World War. It was only only later that I became interested in this piece of history. This war was the first Media War, what happened in Cape Town today was in the headlines of newspapers in London the next morning. Unfortunately all the correspondents and all the editors of those newspapers were British. It is this war that taught everyone the value of propaganda.
When did you first start writing?
Basically when I was seven I had my first article in a school magazine. Then later in Junior High I won the All English Prize and a little cup. I was very chuffed. My Father was a massive influence on my life. He foresaw a career in Accountancy and I did articles, which I despised. I ran away to the Air Force. Long story short I landed up with IBM and that was it. It was only much later that the urge to write hit me. I have always been a prodigious reader and I was in book shop. I was teaching IT at a private college at the time, had classes full of teenagers. Picked a book up on the Boer War and read about the hanging of a 16 year old boy. I was dealing with sixteen year old kids every day, full of life, full of fun, and yes, I was hooked. I wanted to know what kind of mind it takes to hang children.
The story of a young boy and his bravery, The Soulmaker is the second installment of the popular trilogy called The Angels Shall Sing. Authored by rising South African writer Nikolas Ridout, When Jonathan visits London he meets with a terrible fate. Based on true facts, The Soulmaker will take you up on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Filled with moments of joy and sorrow, hope and despair,
A compelling story of love, friendship, compassion and war, and the courage of one boy. This is a book that no one who was once part of the British Empire should miss. “The Noisemaker” is one of the rare pieces of fiction that is based on hard cold facts. Written by a rising South African author Nikolas Ridout, “The Noisemaker” is the first part of a trilogy called The Angels Shall Sing.