Artemis Cooper

Artemis Cooper, Lady Beevor FRSL (born 22 April 1953) is a British writer, primarily of biographies.

Artemis Cooper

Family life

Born Hon. Alice Clare Antonia Opportune Cooper,[1] she is the only daughter of The 2nd Viscount Norwich (better known as John Julius Norwich) and his first wife, Anne (née Clifford), and a granddaughter of Lady Diana Cooper. She has a brother, the Hon. Jason Charles Duff Bede Cooper, and a half-sister, Allegra Huston, the only child of Lord Norwich and Enrica Soma Huston, the estranged wife of American film director John Huston.

Cooper attended the French Lycee, the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Woldingham and Camden School for Girls. She then went to St Hugh's College, Oxford and obtained a degree in English language and literature.[2] In July 2015, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of York.

She spent time in Egypt with Voluntary Service Overseas teaching English at the University of Alexandria. She has also lived in America, mostly in New Mexico.[2]

In 1986, Artemis Cooper married fellow writer and historian Antony Beevor. The couple have two children, Eleanor "Nella" and Adam.[1][3]

Writing career

Cooper's first book was a collection of the letters of her grandmother, Lady Diana Cooper.[4]

When her biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor appeared in 2012, it was serialised on BBC Radio 4. It was followed in September 2013 by The Broken Road, effectively the third volume of Leigh Fermor's memoir of his walking trip from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in the 1930s.[5]

Cooper was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2017.[6]



  • Cooper, Artemis, ed. (1983). A Durable Fire: the letters of Duff and Diana Cooper 1913-1950. London: Collins.
    • U.S. edition: Cooper, Artemis, ed. (1984). A Durable Fire: the letters of Duff and Diana Cooper, 1913-1950. New York: Franklin Watts.
  • The Diana Cooper Scrapbook (Hamish Hamilton, 1987)
  • Cairo in the War, 1939-1945 (Hamish Hamilton, 1989; ISBN 0-241-12671-1)
  • Watching in the Dark: A Child's Fight for Life (John Murray, 1992; a memoir of her daughter's childhood illness)
  • Writing at the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David (Penguin Books Ltd, 2004; paperback ed.)
  • Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (Hamish Hamilton, 1994; Penguin Books, 2007; written with her husband, Antony Beevor)
    • Paris despues de la liberación 1944-1949 (2004, Spanish translation)
  • Words of Mercury (John Murray, 2003; Patrick Leigh Fermor & Artemis Cooper; ISBN 0-7195-6106-X)
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (John Murray, 2012; ISBN 978-0-7195-5449-0)[5][7]
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence (John Murray, 2016, ISBN 9781848549272)[8]


  • Tango (Thames & Hudson, 1995; ed. Simon Collier, Artemis Cooper, Maria Susana Azzi, and Richard Martin)
  • Mr Wu and Mrs Stitch: The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper (ed. Artemis Cooper)
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor. The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (ed. Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron) (John Murray, 2013; ISBN 978-1-848547537)[5]


  1. ^ a b "The Peerage: Hon. Artemis Cooper". The Peerage. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cooper, Artemis. "Artemis Cooper - About". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ Farndale, Nigel (19 October 2014). "Antony Beevor: 'I deserved to fail history. I was bolshie...'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Cunningham, John (9 December 2000). "Knowing all the right people". The Guardian.
  5. ^ a b c Grimes, William (8 November 2013). "Mapping a Life, and Finishing a Long Trip". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi, "Rankin, McDermid and Levy named new RSL fellows", The Bookseller, 7 June 2017.
  7. ^ Kári Gíslason (April 2013). "A great charmer: the peripatetic and adventurous Patrick Leigh Fermor". Australian Book Review. 350: 52–53.
  8. ^ van der Klugt, Melissa (8 October 2016). "Elizabeth Jane Howard's life, illuminated by Artemis Cooper". The Times – via The Australian.

External links

Official website

2012 Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards (before 2006 known as the Whitbread Awards) are among the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary awards. They were launched in 1971, are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. This page gives details of the awards given in the year 2012.The shortlist was announced on 20 November 2012 and the winners were announced on 2 January 2013. The award ceremony took place in London on 29 January 2013, at which the winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year was announced.2012 was the first year of the short story prize. 1,800 anonymous entries were submitted by published and unpublished writers. Judges for the short story prize included author Victoria Hislop, the Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp, National Academy of Writing director Richard Beard, Woman & Home books editor Fanny Blake, and literary agent Simon Trewin. Six finalists were chosen and the full stories were made available in both text and audio on the Costa website. The names of the authors were announced only on 24 January, and the winner, Avril Joy's "Millie and Bird", was announced on 29 January.

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts (1977) is a travel book by British author Patrick Leigh Fermor. Published by John Murray when the author was 62, it is a memoir of the first part of Fermor's journey on foot across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933/34. The book has been hailed as a classic of travel writing; William Dalrymple called it a "sublime masterpiece".A Time of Gifts, whose introduction is a letter to his wartime colleague Xan Fielding, recounts Leigh Fermor's journey as far as the Middle Danube. A second volume, Between the Woods and the Water (1986), begins with the author crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends when he reaches the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. A planned third volume of Leigh Fermor's journey to its completion in Constantinople was never completed. In 2011 Leigh Fermor's publisher John Murray announced that it would publish the final volume, drawing from his diary at the time and an early draft that he wrote in the 1960s; The Broken Road, edited by Artemis Cooper, was published in September 2013.

Adam Sisman

Adam Sisman (b. 17 March 1954) is a British writer, editor and biographer. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his second book, Boswell's Presumptuous Task. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St Andrews.

Antony Beevor

Sir Antony James Beevor, (born 14 December 1946) is an English military historian. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and the 20th century in general.

Bede Clifford

Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford (3 July 1890 – 6 October 1969) was a British diplomat and colonial administrator, born in New Zealand, where his parents had moved in an unsuccessful attempt at sheep-farming.His parents were William Hugh Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh and Catherine Mary Bassett. After New Zealand they moved to Tasmania; he did not attend a regular school until he was 10. He attended Melbourne University, then became a surveyor, then a merchant navy officer.

Duff Cooper Prize

The Duff Cooper Prize is a literary prize awarded annually for the best work of history, biography, political science or (very occasionally) poetry, published in English or French. The prize was established in honour of Duff Cooper, a British diplomat, Cabinet member and author. The prize was first awarded in 1956 to Alan Moorehead for his Gallipoli. At present, the winner receives a first edition copy of Duff Cooper's autobiography Old Men Forget and a cheque for £5,000.

Elizabeth David bibliography

Elizabeth David, the British cookery writer, published eight books in the 34 years between 1950 and 1984; the last was issued eight years before her death. After David's death, her literary executor, Jill Norman, supervised the publication of eight more books, drawing on David's unpublished manuscripts and research and on her published writings for books and magazines.

David's first five books, particularly the earlier works, contained recipes interspersed with literary quotation and descriptions of people and places that inspired her. By the time of her third book, Italian Food, David had begun to add sections about the history of the cuisine and the particular dishes that she wrote about. Her interest in the history of cooking led her in her later years to research the history of spices, baking, and ice.

Many of the recipes in David's early books were revised versions of her articles previously published in magazines and newspapers, and in An Omelette and a Glass of Wine (1984) she collected her favourites among her articles and presented them unedited with her afterthoughts appended. A second volume of reprinted articles was published after her death. David's biographer, Artemis Cooper, wrote, "She was hailed not only as Britain's foremost writer on food and cookery, but as the woman who had transformed the eating habits of middle-class England."

Elizabeth Jane Howard

Elizabeth Jane Howard, CBE, FRSL (26 March 1923 – 2 January 2014), was an English novelist, author of 12 novels including the best-selling series The Cazalet Chronicles.

John Julius Norwich

John Julius Cooper, 2nd Viscount Norwich, (15 September 1929 – 1 June 2018), known as John Julius Norwich, was an English popular historian, travel writer and television personality.

Kimonas Zografakis

Kimonas or Kimon Zografakis (Greek: Κίμωνας ή Κίμων Ζωγραφάκης, 1918 – 23 November 2004), frequently referred to by his nom de guerre, Black Man, was a distinguished Greek partisan in the Cretan resistance from 1941 – 1944 against the Axis occupation forces.

London History Festival

The London History Festival was established by Richard Foreman in 2009. It is run in association with Kensington Central Library and is held in November of each year. It is a Literary festival that aims to bring the work of the finest historians to the widest possible audience. The festival consists of a series of talks and discussions followed by book signings.In 2009, the festival hosted talks on the following themes: Women in history (with Alison Weir, Sarah Gristwood and Clare Mulley), and Greatest battles and war reporting as well as an event on the academic history of the English Civil War by John Adamson, interviewed by the editor of History Today Paul Lay. History Today has supported the Festival since it started and became a sponsor from the second year.In 2010, the festival hosted talks by Antony Beevor discussing his blockbuster books about World War II and Roger Moorhouse who spoke about how the opening up of East German and Russian archives after the fall of the Soviet Union has changed our view of the period. That year there were also panel events on the Tudors and the Victorian era Victorian era. Tom Holland and Paul Lay also hosted an event on Rome and Carthage.

In 2011, the festival hosted talks by Max Hastings, Saul David, Helen Castor, Imogen Robertson, Alex von Tunzelmann, Simon Sebag Montefiore and more.In 2012, the festival hosted talks by Paul Lay, Kate Williams, Keith Lowe, Leonie Frieda, Tom Holland, Antony Beevor, Paddy Ashdown, Sam Willis, Patrick Bishop and more.In 2013, the festival hosted talks by Max Hastings, Charles Moore, Dan Snow, Marc Morris, Antonia Fraser, Saul David, and Artemis Cooper, and more.

Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats is an English writer of picture books, poetry, stories and novels for children of all ages. Her speciality is retelling myths and legend from many cultures.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011), also known as Paddy Fermor, was a British author, scholar, soldier and polyglot who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as A Time of Gifts (1977). A BBC journalist once described him as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene." The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society was formed in 2014.


A puttee, also spelled puttie, is the name, adapted from the Hindi paṭṭī, bandage (Skt. paṭṭa, strip of cloth), for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee, alternatively known as: legwraps, leg bindings, winingas, or wickelbander. They consist of a long narrow piece of cloth wound tightly, and spirally round the leg, and serving to provide both support and protection. They were worn by both mounted and dismounted soldiers, generally taking the place of the leather or cloth gaiter.

Robert Hale (publishers)

Robert Hale Limited was a London publisher of fiction and non-fiction books, founded in 1936, and also known as Robert Hale. It was based at Clerkenwell House, Clerkenwell Green. It ceased trading on 1 December 2015 and its imprints were sold to The Crowood Press.

The Broken Road (Leigh Fermor book)

The Broken Road (2013) is a travel book by British author Patrick Leigh Fermor. Published posthumously by John Murray, the book, edited by Artemis Cooper, narrates the final section of the author's journey on foot across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933/34.

The first book, A Time of Gifts, narrates Leigh Fermor's journey as far as the Middle Danube. The second volume, Between the Woods and the Water (1986), begins with the author crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends when he reaches the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. He never published the third volume, but in 2011 Leigh Fermor's publisher, John Murray announced that it would publish the final volume, drawing from his diary at the time and an early draft that he wrote in the 1960s, subsequently releasing it in September 2013.The cover design is by Ed Kluz; John Craxton who designed the other volumes, had died in 2009.

Vel' d'Hiv Roundup

The Vel' d'Hiv Roundup (French: Rafle du Vélodrome d'Hiver, commonly called the Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv: "Vel' d'Hiv Police Roundup / Raid") was a Nazi-directed raid and mass arrest of Jews in Paris by the French police, code named Opération Vent printanier ("Operation Spring Breeze"), on 16 and 17 July 1942. The name "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" is derived from the name of the Vélodrome d'Hiver ("Winter Velodrome"), a bicycle velodrome and stadium where a majority of the victims were temporarily confined. The roundup, assisted by French Police, was one of several aimed at eradicating the Jewish population in France, both in the occupied zone and in the free zone. According to records of the Préfecture de Police, 13,152 Jews were arrested, including more than 4,000 children. They were held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver in extremely crowded conditions, almost without food and water, and with no sanitary facilities, as well as at the Drancy, Pithiviers, and Beaune-la-Rolande internment camps, then shipped in rail cattle cars to Auschwitz for their mass murder.

French President Jacques Chirac apologized in 1995 for the complicit role that French policemen and civil servants served in the raid. In 2017, President Emmanuel Macron more specifically admitted the responsibility of the French State in the roundup and hence, in the Holocaust.

Viscount Norwich

Viscount Norwich, of Aldwick in the County of Sussex, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 5 July 1952 for the Conservative politician, author and former Ambassador to France, Sir Duff Cooper. He was the son of Sir Alfred Cooper and the husband of Lady Diana Manners. The second Viscount, who succeeded his father in 1954, was a well-known historian, travel writer and television personality. As of 2018 the title is held by his son, the third Viscount, who succeeded his father in that year.

The author Artemis Cooper is the daughter of the second Viscount Norwich.

Woldingham School

Woldingham School is a Roman Catholic independent school for girls, located in the former Marden Park of 700 acres (280 ha) outside the village of Woldingham, Surrey, in South East England.

It is a member of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

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