Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London museum. These Dividing Walls is her first novel.
A resplendent debut which combines a gracefully multi-layered narrative with insightful social commentary. * Wales Arts Review * In a Paris tense with summer heat, anger and hate drive its people to drastic action, in this intensely satisfying and timely novel of a city in crisis. -- Aileen Smyth, Dubray Rathmines It's the voices of various neighbours in their apartment block that make this novel special. * AnOther Magazine * An enchanting and beautifully written debut * Jo's Book Blog * Cooper's writing is exceptional. ... It's a beautifully crafted novel. * Book and Brew * An erudite and engaging read * Bookliterati * The writing is exquisite and discursive. -- Isobel Blackthorn I absolutely loved this book and I can't wait to read more from the author who I'm sure has a glittering career ahead of her. * What Cathy Read Next * Timely and thoughtful, it's perhaps one of the first novels to reflect back the state of our current society. * The Idle Woman blog * This beautifully written debut is about love and loss. -- Nina Pottell * Prima * The writing tantalizingly evokes the sights and sounds of Paris while also giving us an eye-opening perspective of a side of the city that we don't know much about. It is a nuanced portrayal of relationships and the whole spectrum of human emotions. * Book Riot * Cooper's characters are what make this novel so readable. * The Herald * The Paris of this skillful yet tender debut novel is not the Paris of our Eurostar mini breaks. * Red Online * Cooper has written a Ship of Fools for today, bringing forth the poetry and pathos of ordinary lives. * The Lady * A multi-layered novel, elevated by fine writing, in which our traditional view of Paris is debunked to show a less familiar side of the city. Cooper's expertly realised characters, both sympathetic and not, have stories that are interwoven with aplomb. * Daily Mail * This book played into my acute nosiness, throwing open the doors to the fictional lives of the residents of number 37 . . . It'll open your heart and your mind. It certainly did mine. * The Pool * Confident and brilliant -- Lisa O'Donnell An engaging debut that throws light on a hidden side of Paris. * Woman & Home *