A Brighton author was thrilled when he found copies of his debut novel on prominent display in the city centre branch of Waterstones – but is even more happy now they’ve gone, because it means his first edition is a sellout.
— Nigel Jay Cooper (@nijay) October 8, 2016
Nigel Cooper, well known in Brighton’s tech circles as the chief marketing officer at North Laine social media agency Qube, says he has been overwhelmed with the response to his book Beat The Rain, which is set in Brighton.
And just two months after it was published, the first edition has all but sold out, with a second edition soon to follow.
Nigel, who moved to Brighton in 1999 and has worked for the Channel 4, The Argus and iCrossing before joining Qube, said: “Beat The Rain has been out for two months and I’m overwhelmed by the positive reviews it has been getting, both in the UK and US.
“It’s been great to see copies of the book on the local author table in Brighton’s Waterstones – they’ve been incredibly supportive. It’s hard for an unknown, debut author to get noticed, so am over the moon with how well the novel is doing.”
The novel follows the story of Louise, who is grieving the death of her lover Tom and decides to marry his twin brother Adam to ease her pain.
It’s been described by critics as an “emotional rollercoaster” which “leaves you wanting more”.
Nigel, who has two children, runs marathons and performs in local musical theatre productions, is currently working on his second novel.