C. J. Cooke is a poet, novelist, editor, and academic.

Her latest book, The Blame Game, published by HarperCollins, is out now.



Carolyn Jess-Cooke wrote her first book aged seven. A few years on (OK, thirty-three) and her work is published in 23 languages and has won numerous awards.

Her latest book (published as CJ Cooke), is The NestingIt will be published in the US by Berkley/Penguin Random House on Sept 29th 2020 and in the UK & Commonwealth (inc. Canada) on 15th October 2020.

Carolyn’s previous works include the novels The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012), which was critically appraised by The New York Times, The Guardian, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and The New York Review of Books, The Guardian Angel’s Journal (2011), which was an international bestseller, and I Know My Name, (as CJ Cooke), which was published by HarperCollins (UK) in 2017, Grand Central Publishing (USA) in January 2018 and in several other languages. The recipient of a K Blundell Award from the Society of Authors, the novel is an Entertainment Weekly Book of the Month and was optioned for a 6-8 part TV drama.

You can read her award-winning short story Septembers here.