Nick is a troubled soul. Cursed with intense depressive episodes and with being socially dysfunctional, he often finds getting through a day quite hard work. But when on his own and surrounded by his 5,500 vinyl albums he feels at one with the universe. The trouble is, bad things keep happening to him and those closest to him, and, well, Nick can’t just let it lie. He has a strong moral sense of right and wrong and he wants right to win and if that means he’s going to have give someone a face-breaking right-hander, then so be it. And Nick is physically well-developed through years of doing weights and exercise, not out of wanting to be muscular or sporty but because the endorphins that exercise releases helps keep his depression at bay.

When he’s with his life-long wise-cracking and eccentric pal Jeff, they deal with their problems by laughing at them, by taking the mick, by not talking about the bad stuff, but both knowing when push comes to shove, they’ve got each other’s backs. They will go through many battles together. Nick is, in some ways, the strongest character in these stories, but in other ways, the weakest and on at least two occasions has been sure he wants to end it all. His love for Julie and her love for him is at times the only thing that makes life worth living.

Hi motto is “I don’t aim to be happy, that seems too hard and too fleeting, being content seems more achievable.”