An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition… Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters in a way that makes the reader care about them.About Nigel
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Beat The Rain paperback cover

Semi-Finalist, Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Debut Author. Bestselling Roundfire Books title.

Louise and Adam are trapped in an unhappy marriage, each on a path of self-destruction, moving towards inevitable tragedy.

When they meet the enigmatic Jarvis, both find comfort in his easy charm. Can they save their marriage? Should they even try to?

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Finalist, The People’s Book Prize for Fiction, long listed The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.

Dan saw Natalie’s husband Joe die. So why can he still hear him?

Is Dan ill or has he really been possessed by Joe? Homeless and afraid, Dan decides the only way to find out for sure is to track down Joe’s widow, Natalie.

Can he convince her that her husband lives on inside him? Can they fight their growing feelings for one another as Joe, trapped inside Dan, grows evermore lonely and afraid?

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Life Slightly paperback cover

Out in September 2022. PRE-ORDER your copy today. No, I’m serious, go ahead and pre-order it…

Two strangers, one bench. Two lives, one lie.

When Gavin meets Jackie on a bench in the local park, he thinks she’s a stranger. She knows better. She’s connected to him in ways he can’t yet imagine.

She swore she wouldn’t do this again but it’s real this time. So real, she might do something reckless and tell him everything.

He’ll understand. It wasn’t her fault, not really. Perhaps he’ll forgive her, even if she can never forgive herself.

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‘Is that character based on me?’

‘Is that character based on me?’

I was walking my dog early this morning and she started playing with another dog. My heart froze as the other dog walker looked at me smiling and said: ‘we’re walking the same way, we can have a natter as they play.’  I’m generally bad at small talk… I’m awkward, I’m uncomfortable and I want it to stop. I’ll pretty much do anything to avoid it, in fact.  But here’s the thing, this doesn’t mean I dislike people…

‘Is that character based on me?’
‘Is that character based on me?’

I was walking my dog early this morning and she started playing with another dog. My heart froze as the other dog walker looked at me smiling and said: ‘we’re walking the same way, we can have a natter as they play.’  I’m generally bad at small talk… I’m awkward, I’m uncomfortable and I want it to stop. I’ll pretty much do anything to avoid it, in fact.  But here’s the thing, this doesn’t mean I dislike people…

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Sliding doors and ‘what if’ moments
Sliding doors and ‘what if’ moments

About 5 years back, I was offered the opportunity to write a Doctor Who story featuring Bernice Summerfield. I’m a massive, massive fan, so this should have been a no-brainer. I said no.

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Life, Slightly – a reading

A short reading from the opening of my third novel Life, Slightly.

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Beat The Rain is an unforgettable story of love and loss propelled by blockbuster twists.

Love Reading

I was deeply moved by Life, Slightly. A beautifully told story of love, forgiveness, and finding your way. The characters really shone and I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

Laura Pearson

Life, Slightly is compulsively readable like a thriller and beautifully written like a Sally Rooney novel, this is a story I won't soon forget. Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, this book is certainly going places!

Awais Khan

Original and compelling, The Pursuit of Ordinary is perfectly paced and beautifully written.

Colette McBeth

Beat The Rain is a triumph in its narrative style... A kitchen sink drama for the 21st century. A unique love - or better, a 'fall out of love' story - set in the cracks of the grimy every day, this psychological thriller is a rollercoaster of a read.

Female First

Gripping storytelling from the very start. A wonderfully written debut from an author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition.

Siobhan KennedyChannel 4 News

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