Born November 1936, his father was a doctor who specialized in chest diseases. The war years were spent in a small village in Northamptonshire, home to his great grandfather and other members of his family. He was later educated at Bradfield college in Berkshire where he played rather more sport than attention to his studies, on leaving he went to the Central school of Art and Design in London.
His first job was with publisher George Newnes as a page layout artist, following this he worked as a visualizer with W.S. Crawfords advertising agency. Two other jobs followed, first as studio manager for a design group in Soho then as group leader at Scientific Publicity, Nigel then formed his own advertising agency with two other partners.
He started writing and illustrating childrens books in 1979, over forty titles have been published with worldwide sales in the region of half a million copies.
More recently, Nigel has been involved in various wildlife conservation projects ranging from the re-introduction of the red kite into southern England to studying the black Rhino in Kenya.
He has two children and four grandchildren and lives in a Chilterns village.