Nigel Jay Cooper Author Home


The Pursuit of Ordinary, currently a finalist for The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2018
'An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition.' Siobhan Kennedy, C4 News



Beat The Rain

Literary Fiction, Psychological Thriller 2016

A love story about dysfunctional people. 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.

Roundfire bestseller, semifinalist, Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Debut Author.

The Pursuit of Ordinary

Literary Fiction / Contemporary Fiction 2018

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 cant forget the crash, can't get the face of the woman cradling her dying husband out of his mind. Is Dan mentally ill or has he really been possessed by the spirit of Natalie's dead husband, Joe?

The Pursuit of Ordinary is twisting tale of modern life and love where nothing is what is seems.

Currently a finalist for The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2018.

Longlisted for The Guardian's 'Not The Booker Prize'

‘Original and compelling... perfectly paced and beautifully written.’




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 Roundfire bestseller and a semi-finalist in the Best Debut Author category of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. Nigel's second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary was published in 2018 and was longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. It is currently longlisted for The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2018. He's currently working on his third novel.

Nigel 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 pronounced, so baldness is probably beckoning him with its spiteful, spindly fingers.


Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters in a way that makes the reader care about them. ...
What an incredible writer and incredible novel. The style, the detail, the deeply captivating imagery. Buy it and marvel at it, as I did ...

Absolutely compelling, gripping, deeply psychological, often chilling novel. It shows the inner workings of complex difficulties in life, relationships, death, self value and hopes ...
Gripping, dark and unputdownable! A breath of fresh air to read a thoroughly engaging story where the characters are believable and not written to be likeable, or that the twists take you to a bizarrely happy ending ...


Such a pleasure to read a story so unique and compelling. It is written so beautifully, with the characters coming to life with each page. I've never read a book like this and loved the sensitive handling of such a complex condition..Simply Superb! ...
Another incredibly addictive book from Nigel Jay Cooper. I loved Beat the Rain and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Pursuit of Ordinary and it didn’t disappoint. A fantastic story, well written and thought-provoking. Already looking forward to the next :) ...

The Pursuit of Ordinary is a delightful work of blindingly original contemporary fiction. A cerebral, jarring, zigging zagging chest-crusher. The author coaxes you along chapter by chapter as your dread thickens, shining pinprick rays of hope that the characters might come out all right in the end...
The Pursuit of Ordinary is one the most beautifully written books I have ever read, it’s charming, enthralling, thoughtful and delightful but also sad and enlightening ...