Rosie Nickerson started shooting at a young age and spent much of her childhood shooting at the family farm in Lincolnshire, and in the North of England, with her father the late Sir Joseph Nickerson, a fanatical shot, farmer and entrepreneur. She and her sister Louise are regularly voted amongst country's best female game shots.
After beginning her early schooling in England, the family moved to Switzerland where Rosie attended St George's school in Montreux.
Rosie moved back to the UK, to attend Malvern Girls College (now Malvern St James) in Worcestershire where she sat her GSCEs and A levels. She gained a place at Cambridge, to read Modern Languages at Newnham College.
During her time at Cambridge Rosie joined the Varsity clay pigeon shooting team as the only girl and competed against Oxford. After graduating in 1989, Rosie spent three years working in public relations.
After deciding on a career change, Rosie retrained as a features writer at the London College of Printing. Starting at Country Life for work experience, she then joined Tatler as Features Associate and began freelancing for The Field.
In 1996, Rosie met and and a year later married Piers Whitaker, also a keen shot, from Shropshire. Rosie continues to freelance regularly for shooting magazines, in particular, The Field and Tatler, while raising their three children.
In 2007 Rosie began writing How to be Asked Again, which was published by Quiller Press in October 2009. So far it has sold over 12,500 copies.
Rosie and her family now live full time in Somerset where she spends her time shooting, and writing.
‘The book encapsulates everything you need to know, but no one will ever tell you out shooting as ‘you are just expected to know’.
Gamewise Spring 2010
‘It is a credit to Ms. Nickerson, daughter of the great game shot Sir Joseph Nickerson... this is both an informative book and a fun read, the perfect gift for any shooter’