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Nigel Jay Cooper

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Writer and author, born in London, England. He now lives in Brighton (via Nottingham) with his partner, their two children and greying ginger dog.

Nigel's debut novel Beat The Rain was a semi-finalist in the Best Debut Author category of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.

His second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary was a finalist for The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2019. It was also longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

Nigel is currently working on his third novel. He previously worked as a writer and editor for Channel 4 Television and co-founded employee comms platform, Qubist.

He's a sometime marathon runner and occasional actor and singer. He worries about his weight all the time and his widow’s peaks are getting more pron
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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)
Average rating: 4.02 · 298 ratings · 168 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Beat the Rain

3.94 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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The Pursuit of Ordinary

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The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize

The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize

Writing is full of ups and downs, confidence and self-doubt. If you ever want to see a writer embarrassing himself by publishing a blog article while in the ‘low, I’m a pile of shit’ stage, read my previous blog article. I’m not linking to it here for obvious reasons.

Anyway, the point is, there are ups too. Namely,  the fact that my se

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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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