Originally published in 1910, The Round of the Clock explores the stages of life by comparing each year to time on a clock. Nicoll explains what experiences and situations we might come across every five years. He also includes a list of what notable people accomplished at certain years in their life. Some sample chapters include
- Has the Length of Life Increased?
- Who Can Tell What a Baby Thinks?
- The New Hero and Heroine: From Five to Ten
- The School-Boy: From Ten to Fifteen
- Sturm Und Drang: From Fifteen to Twenty
- "The Turn of the Road and You."—From Twenty to Twenty-Five
- "When Our Children Are About Us": From Thirty to Thirty-Five
About the Author
Sir William Robertson Nicoll was an ordained minister of the Free Church at Dufftown, Banffshire. In 1886 he moved south to London and began his editorship of The Expositor and the British Weekly, posts which he held for the rest of his life. He made the British Weekly widely influential, published several religious and secular books, was knighted in 1909, and was made a companion of honor (a prestigious order) two years before his death in 1923.
Nicoll was a prolific editor of expository works and left behind a literary legacy that has placed all preachers in his debt. This scholar is rightly remembered for such works as The Expositor's Bible, The Expositor's Dictionary of Texts, The Sermon Bible, and the Expositor's Greek Testament, all of which he edited.