Susan Cooper Books

Susan Cooper is a renowned British author who wrote ‘The Dark is Rising’. Born in 1935 in Buckinghamshire at a time when it was mostly a green countryside, her father, John Richard Cooper worked at the Natural History Museum before he was drawn into the Second World War. He came back home with a wounded leg, eventually finding a place at the Great Western Railway Office.

Order of The Boggart Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Boggart 1993 Description / Buy
2 The Boggart and the Monster 1997 Description / Buy
3 The Boggart Fights Back 2018 Description / Buy

Order of The Dark Is Rising Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Over Sea, Under Stone 1965 Description / Buy
2 The Dark is Rising 1973 Description / Buy
3 Greenwitch 1974 Description / Buy
4 The Grey King 1975 Description / Buy
5 Silver On The Tree 1977 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Cooper Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dawn of Fear 1970 Description / Buy
2 Seaward 1983 Description / Buy
3 King of Shadows 1999 Description / Buy
4 Green Boy 2002 Description / Buy
5 The Magician's Boy (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
6 Victory 2006 Description / Buy
7 Ghost Hawk 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Cooper Picture Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Jethro and the Jumbie (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Silver Cow (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
3 The Selkie Girl (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
4 Matthew's Dragon (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
5 Tam Lin (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
6 Danny and the Kings (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
7 Frog (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy
8 The Word Pirates (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
9 The Shortest Day (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Cooper Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dreams and Wishes 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Magic Maker 2011 Description / Buy

Susan Cooper Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Acting Out 2008 Description / Buy
2 Acting Out 2008 Description / Buy
3 Haunted 2011 Description / Buy
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Ethel, Cooper’s mother, taught ten-year-olds. A former student of Slough High School and Sommerville College (University of Oxford) from where she got her English Degree, Cooper stayed in Buckinghamshire until the age of 21. Then she went to Aberdyfi, her grandmother’s village in Wales.

Cooper was an avid reader. Her passion for the written word was ignited when she was young. Her brother was the same and he eventually took up writing just like his big sister. Everyone that knew Susan Cooper expected her to take the publishing route.

At Oxford, while she was lauded for it, no one was surprised when she became the university newspaper’s editor, the first woman to hold that position. After college, she went into journalism. While she cherished her positioned at the Sunday Times in London, she was even more enthused by the idea of working under Ian Flemming.

The James Bond creator was her first boss. As far as her personal works are concerned, Cooper tried to write in her spare time. ‘The Dark is Rising’ started taking shape during her stint at the Sunday Times. It was also during this period that ‘Mandrake’, her debut novel, was written and published (1964).

Many of her fans have no idea that ‘Mandrake’ was her first novel. They think that her career started with ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’. This is probably because ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ is the first book in the ‘Dark is Rising’ series. It is worth noting that ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ was initially meant to stand on its own.

The author wrote it for a publishing house competition. The manuscript was rejected by 20 publishers before Jonathan Cape entered the picture and decided to give it a fair shake. It was because of ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ that Susan Cooper and Margaret McElderry met.

The Sunday Times had sent Cooper to the United States. Several things happened in the country that changed her life. She met a professor by the names of Nicholas Grant, eventually marrying him. The widower had three children at the time. So Cooper became their stepmother. She also bore two more children.

She had already settled down in the US in 1963 when McElderry bought the rights to ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’. She went on to become Cooper’s best American friend. She was responsible for getting ‘Dawn of Fear’, an autobiographical novel published. This was after Cooper’s agent tried and failed to find a publisher to buy it.

In the years that followed, the author conceived the concept behind the Dark is Rising. She found a way to connect the story back to ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’, paving the way for her most popular series of novels.

Cooper’s marriage to Nicholas ended in divorce. She went on to marry Hume Cronyn, an actor, and author.

Susan Cooper Awards

Cooper won the Newbery Medal, Tir na n-Og Award, and the B’nai B’rith Janusz Korczak Prize, not to mention a Hans Christian Andersen Award nomination.

Susan Cooper Books into Movies

The second novel in the ‘Dark is Rising’ series became a Live-Action Fantasy film called ‘The Seeker’ in 2007.

Best Susan Cooper Books

Cooper has been praised for writing fantastical stories that are rooted in the real world, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:

Dark is Rising: The powers of evil are rising. The six great signs of light can stop them but only if they are joined. Will thought he was a simple boy. But then he turned 11 and realized that he was destined to find and guard the great signs.

Over Sea, Under Stone: The Drew children did not expect much from their holiday in Cornwall. But then they discovered an ancient map and realized that they held within their hands the key to finding a power that could vanquish the forces of evil.

When Does The Next Susan Cooper book come out?

Susan Cooper doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Shortest Day and was released on October, 22nd 2019. It is the newest book in the Susan Cooper Picture Books.

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