Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper


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. On her path to a career in general practice, she worked at supermarket checkouts, typed manuscripts in Russian, and spent years as a hospital doctor.

Following a string of popular health books as well as an award-winning medical textbook, Carol turned to writing fiction. Her first two novels were 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 grownup sons and three stepchildren.


Carol Cooper @DrCarolCooper

Read Emmett Till's story and weep. Now an arrest warrant for the woman who accused Emmett is found nearly 70 years later - the warrant was never served on the woman whose lies likely caused the boy's brutal death

Organ donation really does save lives!

Please talk about it & let your loved ones know your wishes 🙏🏻

11.05.2022 vs 29.06.2022 - and exactly 6 weeks after I came out of surgery! #OrganDonation #LiverTransplant #LeaveThemCertain #psc #shareyourwishes #family #RIE #health

Join @rdswarup and @BethMorrey for a chat about making women's fiction equal at @Newnham_College's festival this weekend - we reckon it'll be a fascinating conversation:

So looking for this - on Saturday I'll be talking about the story behind my novel The Girls from Alexandria, and on Sunday I'll be introducing some amazing Newnham authors.

Thank you @Soc_of_Authors for organising such a brilliant SoA at Home meeting this morning. Helen Segdwick & Kate Tough had some wonderful ideas to get the writing going again.

I had such fun at Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival with fellow authors @debbieyoungauthor @drcarolcooper and @katefrostauthor today.
Thank you Debbie and the hugely engaged audience for such a fantastic event!

A simple but terrific book about the #MiddleEast, showing that understanding can grow if dialogue begins.

My wife has decided to run the @LondonMarathon in October.

She will be raising money for @APEC_UK who do lots of wonderful work with pregnant women and their families.

Any donations or shares would be massively appreciated:

Thank you!

This Sat 25th June I'll be in Hawkesbury Upton (near Bristol) chatting to fellow RNA authors @DebbieYoungBN, @DrCarolCooper & @helenahalme about the joy of holiday reads! Tickets need to be booked but include tea, coffee and CAKE!
@RNAtweets #TuesNews

Phew, what a scorcher! But that's not all. As the climate crisis leads to intense & more frequent extreme weather & climate-related events, it also increases gender-based #ViolenceAgainstWomen & girls... New research: via @Cambridge_Uni

How I love this book! It brought back memories of my very early years in Cairo, and helped me see my own writing future.

#TalkingLocationWith... author @DrCarolCooper
#Alexandria: the setting for The Girls from Alexandria
"..a cosmopolitan world filled with remarkable characters of different nationalities and races that co-existed in a peaceful patchwork.."

Planes chartered for Rwanda now sitting idle.
Cancelled holiday flights.
Anyone else see a possibility here?

What a great setting for a #litfest - right on the #CotswoldWay! Next #HULFTalk will be on Saturday 25th June - come & join @DrCarolCooper, @katefrostauthor, @HelenaHalme & @DebbieYoungBN to talk about #holidayreads & #travelbybook. @CotswoldWay

I've read books by all of these authors and highly recommend them! If you're in this area (Cotswolds, near Chipping Sodbury/Tetbury/Wotton), do come and join us - it's going to be a really enjoyable afternoon.

Music🎶may be global, transcending language. However, the word ‘guitar’ comes from the Arabic ‘qithara’. Just don’t confuse it with Qatar, a country in the Middle East due to host this year’s World Cup.

This promises to be fascinating - @DrCarolCooper talking about the places that shaped her novels at the @HULitFest Holiday Reads talk later this month. I'll be talking too alongside @helenahalme and our fabulous host @DebbieYoungBN! #authortalk #beachreads

Going to a masquerade ball or applying mascara? Both words come from the Arabic maskhara, an event at which ppl wear masks. They're just two of the thousands of English words that come from Arabic. I’m sharing lots of them here - collect 'em all with the hashtag #wordsfromArabic

Without Mary McCarthy's "The Group", published in 1963, there'd have been no #SATC. Here I talk about why it's still one of my favourite books.