Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London museum. Her first novel These Dividing Walls (Hodder) was shortlisted for the Hayes & Jarvis Fiction, with a Sense of Place Award (2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards).

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Superbly written, utterly gripping and has more than a touch of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca. Its poetic, forensically-detailed descriptions of the countryside reminded me of Jon McGregor’s brilliant Reservoir 13.

Wendy Holden
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