(1935- ) UK writer, a descendant of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). NS is known mainly for nonfiction on historical subjects, including a group-biography of his forebears, The Tolstoys (1983). His first novel, The Founding of Evil Hold School (1968), was a marginal comic fantasy in which it transpires that the headmaster of a minor public school has been raised as a child by African Serpents. Very different in tone and subject matter is NT's second fantasy (and major work of fiction to date), The Coming of the King (1988), the story of Merlin, impressively researched and steeped in Welsh Dark-Age lore; sequels have been promised. [DP]
Other work: The Quest for Merlin (1985), nonfiction.