Sophie Cooke

(born April 1976 - ) - Kilmahog, Perthshire

Sophie Cooke

Sophie Cooke is an author from Perthshire. Raised in the hamlet of Kilmahog, she went to McLaren High School in Callander and later studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her father was a wildlife conservationist and her mother a care worker.

In 2000, Cooke's short story Why You Should Not Put Your Hand Through The Ice won runner-up prize in the MacAllan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. Her first novel, The Glass House, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. Her second novel, Under the Mountain, was inspired by Kilmahog's location at the foot of Ben Ledi.

As well as her novels, Cooke has written a number of short stories, and her poem Forward Deck won the first prize in the 2010 ESRC Genomics Forum Poetry Competition.

After a period living in Berlin, she now lives in Edinburgh. She is working on a third novel, and writes for The Guardian newspaper.

  • Cover scan of The Glass House
    The Glass House
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    Over the course of four years in the Southern Highlands of Scotland, teenager Vanessa tells a tale of desire and loss, power and devotion. But nothing is what it seems, and the world Vanessa has built for herself is as treacherous as glass: fragile, filled with half-truths and reflections.
  • Cover scan of Under The Mountain
    Under The Mountain
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    It is the hot summer of 1981 and Catherine is laid low by childhood illness, stuck inside the sprawling Victorian mansion at the foot of the mountain. Confined to her sickbed with fever, she can only look down into the garden and observe the goings-on upon the lawn, or lie back and listen to the hushed conversations in the hall.

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