An author from New Malden, Surrey, is calling on the community to help him reach the finals of a prestigious book awards.
Nigel Jay Cooper, 42, has secured a place in the semi-finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 with his debut novel, psychological thriller Beat The Rain.
The writer, 42, is the sole UK author left in the ‘Best Debut’ category of this year’s competition, which is the only major book awards that is decided by readers themselves.
Nigel is asking people in and around Kingston, Richmond and New Malden to vote for his book, a work of contemporary women’s fiction released in July through Roundfire Books, in what he describes as a “battle of David versus Goliath”.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Beat The Rain is a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Best Debut, especially as it is the only novel from a UK author in the category.
“The rest of the novels are all by big-hitting US authors and another by a writer who lives in France.
“This is my first novel, released by a small publisher. It wasn’t even included in the first round of the Awards. Readers voted for it to be included off their own backs, which is both humbling and an incredible honour. It means readers are connecting with the novel.
“I’m up against stiff competition and it feels like a battle of David versus Goliath, so it would be fantastic if people in Surrey will get behind the novel and vote for me.”
Members of the public have until Sunday, November 13 to cast their votes in the semi-finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards.