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Geraldine Cooke

Geraldine Cooke was Executive Editor at Penguin  publishing across a wide section of the Penguin list both Fiction and Non-Fiction titles. Among the authors she worked with are Beryl Bainbridge, Brian McCabe, Angela Carter, Shirley Conran, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Alisdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, Patrick McGrath, John Mortimer and the great travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Norman Lewis and Colin Thubron.

Running the Science Fiction of which she knew little and  the Games list of which she knew less: she hit on the idea of asking Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone to write a fantasy novel which could be played as a game: the result was 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' published in Puffin which became the much-loved 'Fighting Fantasy' series still very much alive today.

Working on books South Africa led to the publication by Penguin of' Mission to South Africa' the Commonwealth report which called for the immediate release of Nelson Mandela'to avoid the biggest blood-bath the world has ever seen'.

She was Publisher of the Review list at Headline : her authors included Andrea Levy, Maggie O'Farrell, Ronan Bennett, Susie Boyt, Giles Waterfield, Raffaella Barker and in non-fiction the author of the ground-breaking Maxim City: Bombay Lost and Found, Suketu Mehta.

As an agent she worked for 7 years with Paul Marsh helping to set up the English side of the Agency, where her authors included the novelist Liam Browne, literary programmer of the Enniskllen Beckett Festival, the travel writer Alistair Carr, teacher Phil Beadle and the Irish journalist Billy Keane.