Nicholas Cooper

Biography

Born in Windsor, England in 1950, Nicholas Cooper grew up just outside London, glad to have lived through the transformational period of the 1960s that still echoes through our lives today. He was educated in Somerset at Queen’s College, Taunton, before going on to art college in Guildford, Surrey. In 1970, he was one of the few who successfully travelled overland to India, spending the best part of a year travelling the country and living with Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, where he was privileged to have a private audience with the Dalai Lama. On his return to England, he studied to be a teacher, going on to work for some years in Illustration and Graphic Design, before being appointed a college lecturer in Graphic Design at Weston College, Somerset. In 2007, he moved to Spain with his partner, the painter, Angie McKenzie, restoring three Andalucian village houses to habitable “works of art”. Nicholas started his first novel, A Hand in God’s Till, whilst still in Spain, finishing it after returning to live in Ramsgate, Kent. Kamala was the sequel, published in 2014.
Nicholas and his partner now share their time between their homes in Ramsgate, Kent and the rural wilds of Portugal, where he continues his writing.

He is currently planning a family saga spanning the mid-Victorian era into the Roaring Twenties and set between England, India and Africa.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman.
I must have read this as a boy in the late fifties and, despite being only eight or nine, could not take my nose out of it.
The story of a young Swiss boy, determined to beat the mountain that killed his father, was perfect inspiration for my formative years, whereby anything was possible.
Courage, determination and the challenges of the unknown must always be a winning formula in both life and literature.
How do you approach cover design?
As a Graphic Designer, both professionally and as a college lecturer, I need to have read the story from which I can identify visual elements that can best portray the essence of the book.
The cover to my own novel, "A Hand in God's Till", assembles key components from the story, together with appropriate typography.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Nicholas Cooper online


Where to buy in print


Books

Kamala - A Novel Set on the Epic Overland Trail to India
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 148,740. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Kamala is the sequel to A Hand in God’s Till, in which Adam Busk embarks along the epic and dangerous Hippy Trail to India in search of answers to his enduring questions.
A Hand in God's Till: A story of Love, Tragedy and Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,670. Language: British English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Coming of age
A Hand in God's Till is a thought-provoking and passionate story of love, tragedy and hope, set against the sexual and spiritual backdrop of 1967‘s “Summer of Love”.

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