On Biography

“I like writing biography, it gives you the impression of living another life – and it makes you think a lot about memory, and how people remember. Memories become overlaid with stories and interpretations over the years, it’s inevitable, and no story is ever told in exactly the same way twice. That’s why if I’m doing a series of interviews with someone, I ask the important questions more than once, at different times; and I listen very, very carefully to the answers.”

– Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: Complete

I delivered the biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard last week ago – always a nice feeling, but I shall miss her. She was funny and courageous and loyal, dramatically impulsive and romantic, and at the same time very down to earth and practical. A better chooser of friends than she was of men, and a better writer than she’s often given credit… Read more

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Patrick Leigh Fermor, An Adventure

"Artemis Cooper’s funny, wise, learned but totally candid biography reveals Leigh Fermor to be an adventurer through and through."

Barnaby Rogerson, Independent

The Broken Road

"His editors, Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper, have edited this book with skill and sensitivity. Friends and fans… devotees and disciples can all rest easy. It was worth the wait."

William Dalrymple, The Guardian

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