Artemis Cooper is the author of Cairo in the War: 1939-1945 and Paris after the Liberation: 1944-1949, written with her husband Antony Beevor. In a conversation with Prof Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, she will talk about her biographical work for food writer Elizabeth David, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, and the traveller and philhellene Patrick Leigh Fermor. With Colin Thubron, she edited The Broken Road, the final stretch of Leigh Fermor's journey on foot to Constantinople in 1933-4. She is currently working on the cultural history of Paris
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Born in London in 1953 and educated at the French Lycee, the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Woldingham and Camden School for Girls in North London, Artemis Cooper first wanted to be a picture restorer but changed her mind and went to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she read English. She spent a year teaching English in Alexandria, Egypt and then lived in America for a while, mostly in New Mexico.
Artemis Cooper's first book was an edition of the letters from her grandparents called A Durable Fire (1983). Her daughter Eleanor (then eight months old) went from perfect health to the brink of death in twenty-four hours. She told the story in Watching in the Dark: A Child’s Fight for Life (1992). Soon after giving birth, she was commissioned to write a book about post-war Paris and, with the help of her husband Antony, she wrote Paris After the Liberation: 1944
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