Sophie Cooke

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Travel: a weekend guide to Tarascon, Provence

27 Aug 2013

The French region is bursts forth with arts events as the 2013 European Capital of Culture

The castle that was the seat of the last Provençale king stood blinking whitely at the edge of the water. The river marking the old border between Provence and France is not an average waterway. ‘Can I swim in the river?’ I ask the nice black-haired…

Amazon, Penguin, Random House and the state of publishing

12 Dec 2012

Author Sophie Cooke explains why Amazon is still a bigger worry than the Random House/Penguin merger

Amazon has always presented itself as a consumer champion, decrying the greed of publishers who insist on maintaining high prices for their authors’ e-books. Amazon is all about the customer. Good service, free delivery, low prices and plenty of…