The Pursuit of Ordinary

'A brilliant concept, highly original and beautifully written. A book about loss, hope, trust and ultimately love. A must read.'

The Pursuit of Ordinary
Beat The Rain - novel - new monochrome cover

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

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

All relationships start out as love stories. They don't all end as one. Beat The Rain is unique 'fall out of love' story for the 21st Century. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, Beat The Rain explores what it means to live, to love and to lose.

Beat The Rain
Beat The Rain - novel - new monochrome cover

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

Who gets to say what's normal? 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. Is Dan ill or has he really been possessed? The Pursuit of Ordinary is a twisting tale where nothing is what it seems.

Pursuit of Ordinary



Beat The Rain, a reading

I've decided to experiment with doing a few readings to camera from my first two novels, in preparation for some wider marketing and publicity for my third novel when it becomes available for pre-order next month. Honestly, I'm really nervous about doing it but really what's the worst that can happen? You either won't watch or won't like it - but some of you might. This excerpt is a character in Beat The Rain who knows they're about to die.

What good is perfection, anyway?

As it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I thought I'd say a few words about my 2nd novel, The Pursuit of Ordinary. The main character, Dan, has a range of mental health diagnoses, starting with bulimia through to (but not limited to) depersonalisation disorder. This is all before he begins hearing a voice - Joe - in his head. In short, he has *a lot* going on.

The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize

The Pursuit of Ordinary a finalist in The People’s Book Prize Writing is full of ups and downs, confidence and self-doubt. If you ever want to see a writer embarrassing himself by publishing a blog article while in the ‘low, I’m […]


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.

Following on from the success of his bestselling debut novel, Beat The Rain, Nigel's second novel The Pursuit of Ordinary will be published on 27 April 2018 and is available to pre-order now. Nigel was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in the Best Debut Author for Beat The Rain. Nigel 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.

Siobhan Kennedy, Channel 4 News