Press

On this page you will find links to a selection of TV, radio and online media coverage for Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s works, and a full list of reviews for The Guardian Angel’s Journal and The Boy Who Could See Demons.

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UK/EUROPE

Carolyn Jess-Cooke reflects on being a mother and an artist’ – BBC Radio Ulster

On the Publishing Process‘ – New Writing North

‘From motherhood to belonging in life’ (The Journal, May 2010)

‘Interview with Carolyn Jess-Cooke’ (Orlando Publishers, The Netherlands)

De jongen die demonen zag van Carolyn Jess-Cooke‘ (Orlando Publishers, The Netherlands)

’74 angeli dala nostre parte’ (D La Repubblica, Italia)

‘Author’s Notes’ (Wales Online)

‘Carolyn Jess-Cooke interview with Jonathan Miles’ – BBC Newcastle

USA

 ‘Carolyn Jess-Cooke on how $1 could make you a bestseller’ – Writer’s Digest – general interest piece

‘My novel’s too fringe – will any commercial publisher be interested?‘ – Writer Unboxed – general interest piece

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

‘Carolyn Jess-Cooke answers Ten Terrifying Questions’ – Booktopia

‘Fears and tears in tale of fatherless boy’ – New Zealand Herald

Carolyn Jess-Cooke Interview’ – Dark Matter Zine

‘The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke’ – Radio New Zealand

‘Carolyn Jess-Cooke reads from The Guardian Angel’s Journal‘ – Varuna Writer’s House

BRAZIL

Entrevista exclusiva com Carolyn Jess-Cooke’ – Aceita um Leita

 

Publishing & representing Carolyn around the world

Piatkus/Little, Brown (UK)

Seren (UK)

Random House (USA)

Enthusiast Publishing (Bulgaria)
Beijing Booky Company (Chinese)
Plejada (Czech Republic)
Naklada Ljevak (Croatia)
Orlando /AW Bruna (Netherlands)
J C Lattes (France)
Piper (Germany)
Modan (Israel)
Ulpius (Hungary)
Longanesi (Italy)
Cappelen Damm (Norway)
Otwarte (Poland)
Portuguese (Brazil): Rocco
Portuguese: ASA
Eksmo (Russia)
Alnari (Serbia)
Duomo (Spain)
Ucila (Slovenia)
Dogan (Turkey)

 

 

Contact

All press enquiries should be directed to Carolyn’s publicist or agent, whose contact details can be found on the contact page of this website.

 

REVIEWS

 

For The Guardian Angel’s Journal:

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“An incredible debut novel… This is The Lovely Bones meets It’s a Wonderful Life. Fabulous.” – The Sun

 

“The new Audrey Niffenger.” – Company

 

“Examining the meaning of fate, the existence of free will, and the consequences of every decision, The Guardian Angel’s Journal is a modern fable determined to remind us that we are not alone.” – Booklist (US)

 

“The Guardian Angel’s Journal is a powerful novel from a talented new voice….hotly tipped to be one of the biggest books of 2011.” – Living North

 

“Debut novelist Jess-Cooke, who lives in England, is a lovely writer; Ruth’s narrative voice is compelling. The writer’s fertile imagination generates a host of minor characters throughout Margot’s life, all of whom have well-characterized guardian angels interacting with Ruth. The interplay of the planes of angelic and earthly existence is an insistent tease that reels the reader in and along. Jess-Cooke is one to watch.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) (US)

 

“Carolyn Jess-Cooke has been compared with Audrey Niffenegger and I can understand why. Her book is a fresh approach to angels with an original idea developed thoroughly, leaving you desperate to read more of her work.

Vivienne Dacosta (Serendipityteacher.blogspot.com)

 

“MY GOD! I just finished your wonderful and insightful book The Guardian Angels Journal last night. It only took me 2 and half days to read. I cried in so many parts and related to so many others. How on Earth (or should I say how in the universe) did you come up with a story like that??????” – Narelle Taylor (a reader from Australia)

Irish Independent

 

The Boy Who Could See Demons:

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“A well written, engaging read filled with compassion for those suffering the whims of an untamed mental illness . . . A poignant read, The Boy Who Could See Demons is a suspenseful novel that probes the issues surrounding the devastating effects of mental illness. The author delves into the psychological issues of schizophrenia and mental disorders with such dexterity it leaves the reader stirred and affected, questioning throughout the story what is real and what is not. . . . As the conclusion draws near, the story takes unexpected turns, making it even more dramatic and compelling.”New York Journal of Books
 
“Impressive . . . Jess-Cooke is every bit as skillful in her vivid portrayals of unworldly beings . . . as in illustrating the dreadful toll taken by mental illness.”Booklist
 
“A searing novel of suspense.”Publishers Weekly

“A psychologically complex thriller, told with compassion in a marvelously suspenseful narrative that keeps you engaged from the first page to the last . . . This book has it all: a dark and dangerous setting, characters full of depth, rich emotions, and a clever plot. You’ll fall in love with Alex—and his demons.”—Chevy Stevens, author of Still Missing

“Top-notch psychological suspense . . . Beware what you think you know. It might be only the demons talking.”—Lisa Gardner, author of Touch & Go

“Brilliant! Rich with fully formed characters, this heart-gripping novel will keep you riveted from first page to last.”—Jeffery Deaver, author of XO

“Utterly captivating, this is a book I adored and savored from the first to the very last magical page.”—Tess Gerritsen, author of Ice Cold
 
“An absolute chiller, deep, moving, and utterly gripping . . . I was riveted from the unsettling beginning to the mind-bender of an ending. This is a stellar read that will stay with me for a good long while.”—Lisa Unger, author of Heartbroken

“A rare and intriguing book, both emotionally and intellectually challenging . . . The cerebral challenge is the puzzle at the heart of the novel: Whose truth is real?”—Helen Grant, author of The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

“A stunning story—a well-researched, authoritative delve into psychosis, guilt, and damage . . . thrilling, wholly plausible, and utterly satisfying.”—Julia Crouch, author of Every Vow You Break

“Gripping from the opening paragraph to its final revelations, this is a brilliant exploration of the point where imagination, psychology, art, politics, and the supernatural meet and merge in a young boy’s mind. The Boy Who Could See Demonsis touching and painfully funny.”—Christopher Fowler, author of The Memory of Blood