Nigel Jay Cooper



'An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition.'

The Pursuit of Ordinary, Finalist, The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2019, Longlisted, The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. Beat The Rain, Semi-Finalist, Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Debut Author



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Beat The Rain

Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller

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?

The Pursuit of Ordinary

The Pursuit of Ordinary

Contemporary Fiction, Literary

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?

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



Nigel's debut novel Beat The Rain was a semi-finalist for Best Debut Author in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. His second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary was a finalist in The People's Book Prize for Fiction 2019 and was long listed for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. He's just finished his third novel.

Nigel was born in London, England and now lives in Brighton with his partner, their two children, kitten and insane puppy. He has just created and launched AuthorSpark - an app to help authors to build their online profile and influence. Previously Nigel co-founded and ran a digital marketing agency. He's a (lapsed) marathon runner, occasional performer and drinker of coffee and wine. Not at the same time.


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 ...