Nigel Jay Cooper

Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist 2016: Best Debut Author.

Beat The Rain, Bestselling JHP Fiction title, 2016

"An unforgettable story of love and loss propelled by blockbuster twists."
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About Beat The Rain

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

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Beat The Rain by Nigel Jay Cooper
Beat The Rain by Nigel Jay Cooper
Beat The Rain by Nigel Jay Cooper
Beat The Rain by Nigel Jay Cooper


Wife, mother, voyeur

She stares into the mirror above the faded mahogany dresser in the hallway. This thing that she is, this woman, barely formed, stares back at her, like an alien, a shadow of someone who used to exist. Is loss something she’s supposed to accept in her life, like other people accept doing a job they don’t love or the daily struggle to avoid chips and chocolate cake? She checks her eyes in the hallway mirror to make sure they’re not too puffy and braces herself before opening the front door, mentally preparing her ‘outside’ face, the one that can still smile.


Husband, brother, father

Adam knows why he left Brighton, of course. Louise. In the end, he couldn’t bear to be near her and Tom. Couldn’t bear to see them together day in day out, so happy. He hadn’t wanted them to split up, he hadn’t wanted that at all, but at the same time, he couldn’t have stayed and watched their love affair for a day longer. And then Tom died. And Adam was left seated in unreality, a black and white figure in the middle of a blood red vignette of family tragedy. Sometimes he feels like the colour never came back to his life, not fully.


Lover, brother, dead man talking

“We thought it was the glasses giving me the headaches...I went to the hospital. It’s not the glasses. I wish I could tell you, I wish we could sit down and talk through my options. But this is hard for me, Lou. I don’t think you can share it. You see, I don’t feel like I’m dying. By the time you hear this, I'll be dead. And I guess you think I took the bloke way out and avoided the issues, avoided you. Well maybe I did, maybe I am. And really, if you're honest with yourself, you know why I haven't told you. You don't love me anymore..."


Friend, enemy, lover?

“I know I should have told you who I was, why I came looking for you. But things got so complicated so quickly. Before I knew it, we were embroiled in this... triangle, I suppose. But be honest. Tell me one thing, just one. Prove to me you loved me, that you know me and I wasn’t some escape for you, some invention or fantasy to take you away from the boredom of your marriage. What was my favourite food? Film? Book? Something easier then, where did I grow up? Okay, let’s make it even easier. What’s my surname?”

A gripping and twisting tale...unique.

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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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stalker peering through a curtain

She doesn’t watch him all the time. She’s not weird… excerpt, Beat The Rain

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If she’s touched his knee once, she’s touched it 20 times… excerpt, Beat The Rain

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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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