Part historical fiction and part contemporary mystery, The Girls from Alexandria is a breathtaking coming of age story about family, identity, and homeland.
Perfect for fans of Elizabeth is Missing, Cooper’s novel follows 70-year-old Nadia, stuck in a London hospital and possibly suffering from dementia. With no family around her — especially not her sister who hasn’t been seen in 50 years — Nadia is left with nothing but a handful of cryptic postcards and her fading memories of growing up in Egypt to figure out how she got here and to find her missing sister before it’s too late.
Cooper says: ‘I wanted to set The Girls from Alexandria in a cosmopolitan Egypt that no longer exists except in people’s memories. It was huge fun writing about that exotic world and filling it with vibrant characters to match, all threaded together with a present-day strand in England. Fortunately, Alexandria was my home while growing up, and I’m now thrilled to have signed with Agora, the perfect home for my novel.’
Carol has a dozen non-fiction titles to her name, including parenting guides and medical textbooks. In 2014 she was elected President of the Guild of Health Writers. Her first two novels were contemporary tales set in London. Ever a believer in writing what you know, Carol finally turned to the rich material of her childhood to create The Girls from Alexandria, weaving it through with a medical strand. Carol lives in London and Cambridge, and has three grown-up sons.
The Girls from Alexandria will be published in 2021 in eBook and paperback.