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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.

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