Artemis Cooper

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Artemis Cooper, Lady Beevor FRSL (born Alice Clare Antonia Opportune Cooper; 22 April 1953) is a British writer, primarily of biographies. She is the wife of historian Sir Antony Beevor.

Family life[edit]

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[edit]

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 Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. 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[edit]

Official website