This week’s Top Author, is Carol Cooper. Carol has always aimed high. As a child, she hoped to become an astronaut. When that didn’t work out, she studied medicine. But her mother was a writer and she suspects that the creative urge was there inside her all along too. Alongside seeing patients as a family doctor, Carol wrote a huge number of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as books on child health. Eventually she turned to writing the kind of novels that she most enjoys reading.
Carol Cooper is a doctor, journalist, and author.
Born in London, she was only a few months old when her cosmopolitan family took her to live in Egypt. She returned to the UK at eighteen and went to Cambridge University where she studied medicine and her fellow students.
Following a string of popular health books as well as an award-winning medical textbook, Carol turned to writing fiction. Her first two novels are contemporary tales set in London. Ever a believer in writing what you know, she mined the rich material of her childhood for The Girls from Alexandria.
Carol lives with her husband in Cambridge and Hampstead. She has three grown-up sons and three stepchildren.
The Girls from Alexandria: How do you find someone when no one believes they’re missing?
Nadia needs help. Help getting out of her hospital bed. Help taking her pills. One thing she doesn’t need help with is remembering her sister. But she does need help finding her.
Alone and abandoned in a London hospital, 70-year-old Nadia is facing the rest of her life spent in a care home unless she can contact her sister Simone… who’s been missing for 50 years.
Despite being told she’s ‘confused’ and not quite understanding how wi-fi works, Nadia is determined to find Simone. So with only cryptic postcards and her own jumbled memories to go on, Nadia must race against her own fading faculties and find her sister before she herself is forgotten.
Set against the lush and glamorous backdrop of 20th century Alexandria, Carol Cooper’s third novel is equal parts contemporary mystery and historical fiction: a re-coming of age story about family, identity, and homeland.