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

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


Early lifeEdit

Born in Sheffield,[2] the daughter of a university lecturer, Cooke attended Oxford University.[3][4]


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.[5] Since 2010, Cooke has been reviewing graphic novels for The Guardian's "Graphic novel of the month".[6]

Cooke's first book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties,[7] was published in autumn 2013.[8]


In 2006 she was named Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards[9] and Feature Writer of the Year at the What the Papers Say Awards.[10] In 2010 she was named Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards for her interviews in Esquire.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Cooke is married to the film critic and novelist Anthony Quinn.[12]


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


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