Rachel Cooke

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Rachel Cooke
Sheffield, England, UK
OccupationJournalist, writer
Alma materOxford University
Notable workHer Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties
Notable awardsInterviewer of the Year, British Press Awards
SpouseAnthony Quinn

Rachel Cooke (born 1969–70)[1] is a British journalist and writer.

Early life[edit]

Cooke was born in Sheffield,[2] and is the daughter of a university lecturer.

She went to school in Jaffa, Israel, until she was 11, before returning to Sheffield, and attended Oxford University.[3][4][5]


Cooke began her career as a reporter for The Sunday Times. She has also written for the New Statesman, where she is television critic, and is a writer for The Observer newspaper. In the 'Lost Booker Prize' for 1970, announced in March 2010,[1] Cooke was one of the three judges.[6] Since 2010, Cooke has been reviewing graphic novels for The Guardian's "Graphic novel of the month".[7]

Cooke's first book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties,[8][9] was published in autumn 2013,[10] Katharine Whitehorn wrote in The Observer that "this excellent book should go far towards setting the record straight" about women's increasing experience of having professional careers rather than being confined to a life as a housewife as accounts of the 1950s commonly assume.[11] Amanda Craig wrote in The Independent that Cooke's "writing does not delve deep but is eloquent, concise, fair-minded, witty and elegant."[12]


In 2006 she was named Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards[13] and Feature Writer of the Year at the What the Papers Say Awards.[14] In 2010 she was named Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards for her interviews in Esquire.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Cooke is married to the film critic and novelist, Anthony Quinn, and lives in Islington, London.[16][17]


  • Cooke, Rachel (2014). Her brilliant career: ten extraordinary women of the fifties. London: Virago Press. ISBN 9781844087419.


  1. ^ a b Cooke, Rachel (28 March 2010). "The Lost Booker: a judge tells all". The Observer.
  2. ^ "Cooke, Rachel". rcwlitagency.com. Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agents.
  3. ^ Cooke, Rachel (5 December 2013). "What it means to be northern when you're Down South". New Statesman.
  4. ^ Cooke, Rachel (28 October 2012). "A conspiracy of silence allowed sexual harassment to stay routine". The Observer.
  5. ^ Cooke, Rachel (22 December 2002). "Hope in the Holy Land". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Authors vie for 'lost' 1970 Booker Prize". BBC News. 1 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Graphic novel of the month | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Huddleston, Yvette (7 February 2014). "Turning the Fifties myth on its head". The Yorkshire Post.
  9. ^ Yvette Huddleston "Turning the Fifties myth on its head", Yorkshire Post, 7 February 2014
  10. ^ "What it means to be northern when you're Down South". New Statesman. 5 December 2013.
  11. ^ Katharine Whitehorn "Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke – review", The Observer, 3 November 2013
  12. ^ Amanda Craig "Book Review: Her Brilliant Career, By Rachel Cooke", The Independent, 17 November 2013
  13. ^ "Guardian is newspaper of the year". Press Gazette. 20 March 2006.
  14. ^ "Top Award for Observer Writer". The Observer. 17 December 2006.
  15. ^ Luft, Oliver (17 June 2010). "Empire named PPA consumer magazine of the year". Press Gazette.
  16. ^ Stanford, Peter (4 January 2009). "Anthony Quinn: 'I can never go home again". The Independent. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009.
  17. ^ Cooke, Rachel (15 July 2012). "The day I judged a Jewish food festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2019.

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