Nigel Jay Cooper

Beat The Rain, Bestselling JHP Fiction title. Goodreads Choice Awards nominee: Best Debut Author.

Beat The Rain | The Pursuit of Ordinary

Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee, Best Debut Author, Bestselling JHP Fiction title

"An unforgettable story of love and loss propelled by blockbuster twists." Love Reading

All relationships start out as love stories. They don't all end as one.

Can Louise move on from the loss of her lover Tom? Can she and Tom's twin brother Adam really find a way to love one another? Or are they trapped on a path of self-destruction, moving towards a tragedy neither can avoid?

Beat The Rain is a moving and vulnerable depiction of a relationship in decline. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, it explores what it means to live, to love and to lose.

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Following the success of debut novel Beat the Rain, Roundfire introduces the second book from bestselling author Nigel Jay Cooper.

"Original and compelling. Perfectly paced and beautifully written." Colette McBeth, author.

After witnessing a fatal car accident, a homeless man wanders the streets of Brighton, trying to ignore the new, incessant voice inside his head. But he can’t forget the crash, can't get the face of the woman cradling her dying husband out of his mind. She stared into his eyes, his soul. He has to find her.

Is Dan ill or has he really been possessed by the spirit of Natalie's dead husband, Joe?

The Pursuit of Ordinary is a twisting tale of modern life and mental health where nothing is what it seems.

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Haunting, touching and lyrical...sends you on an emotional ride.

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Nigel Jay Cooper

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 his publisher's Bestselling title for 2016 and was a semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.
He is CMO of global social media agency Qube Media and has previously worked as a writer and editor for Channel 4 Television and as a newspaper sub editor.
He's a sometime marathon runner and occasional actor and singer in local musical theatre productions. Sometimes his brain switches off and lets him sleep, but not that often.

An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition. Touching and sensitive.

Siobhan Kennedy, Channel 4 News



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Does anyone value literary fiction anymore? Truth is, I haven’t been writing much recently. I often need ‘recovery time’ after finishing a novel, and The Pursuit of Ordinary was no exception. Partly, that’s due to the material I write – […]

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One of the best novels of its kind that I have read in quite a long time.

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