Nigel Jay Cooper

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Author, father, cat and dog owner. More than a list of things. Probably.

Nigel's debut, Beat The Rain, was a semi-finalist for Best Debut Author in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. His second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary was a finalist for The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2019 and was longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

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Nigel Jay Cooper Really tough one, actually. Favourite non-couple who should be one: Eponine and Marius from Les Mis (greatest unrequited love of all time, for me)... …moreReally tough one, actually. Favourite non-couple who should be one: Eponine and Marius from Les Mis (greatest unrequited love of all time, for me)... Or Louis and Lestat from Interview with the Vampire... they're a great couple in all but name... But I'm procrastinating...

If pushed, I'm going with Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in our Stars...(less)
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Firstly, thank you so much for your lovely review. You missed a fresh Game of Thrones to finish it ... it's my book and I'm not sure even I…more
Hi Michelle
Firstly, thank you so much for your lovely review. You missed a fresh Game of Thrones to finish it ... it's my book and I'm not sure even I'd do that :D

To answer your question, I was the stay at home parent with my two children, so in that sense, I brought some of my emotional experience as a man in that role to the table with Adam in Beat The Rain - the same with being a writer.

That said, I've been in a very happy relationship for the past 22 years, so Adam and Louise's marriage isn't reflective of my own ... I'd like to think we both make less questionable decisions than they do :)(less)
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Beat the Rain

3.94 avg rating — 178 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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4.13 avg rating — 128 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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What good is perfection, anyway?

What good is perfection, anyway?

As it’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I thought I’d say a few words about my 2nd novel, The Pursuit of Ordinary.

The main character, Dan, has a range of mental health diagnoses, starting with bulimia through to (but not limited to) depersonalisation disorder. This is all before he begins hearing a voice – Joe – in his head.

In short, he has *a lot* going on.

I took the m

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“Memory is an artist, an impressionist. She adds colour, sound, smell and emotion to events at her whim. She adds, subtracts and embellishes until the event she started documenting is quite unrecognisable to the others who also experienced it, but at the same time, is more truthful to the owner of the memory. There is no reality. There are only impres- sions of past events, made by a million selves, all interacting with each other, vying for superiority. Reality doesn’t exist, perhaps in the end, that’s my only truth.”
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“For books are people... people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."
E B White.”
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“Maybe that’s the way of love. It doesn’t wait to be invited in, and it won’t be coerced. It gently creeps under your skin, a mild itch at first, not giving itself away in case you scratch it and cause an infection. But then it sinks in deeper, getting into your bloodstream. It travels. By the time it reaches your brain and you’re aware of the infection, it’s already taken over your heart. In Natalie’s experience, love is anything but innocent. It’s a captor, a guard, imprisoning you in the clutches of another, knitting the fabric of your own life to somebody else’s, whether you like it or not.”
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