Adam Nicolson is the son of writer Nigel Nicolson and grandson of the writers Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge and has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Society of Antiquaries and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.Nicolson was married to Olivia Fane from 1982 to 1992. They have three sons, Thomas (born in 1984), William (born 1986) and Ben (born 1988).Since 1992 Nicolson has been married to Sarah Raven. He and his wife have two daughters, Rosie (born 1993) and Molly (born 1996). They live at Perch Hill Farm in Sussex and at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.Between 2005 and 2009, in partnership with the National Trust, he led a project which transformed the 260 acres (110 ha) surrounding the house and garden at Sissinghurst into a productive mixed farm, growing meat, fruit, cereals and vegetables for the National Trust restaurant.In December 2008 he succeeded his cousin David Nicolson, 4th Baron Carnock as 5th Baron Carnock, a title he does not use.