Michelle Cooper writes books – mostly novels, mostly for teenagers and people who used to be teenagers. She is the award-winning author of The Montmaray Journals and The Rage of Sheep. Her latest book is Dr Huxley’s Bequest.


Dr Huxley’s Bequest

A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

Dr Huxley’s Bequest by Michelle Cooper

★ Shortlisted for the 2018 Young People’s History Prize (NSW Premier's History Awards)

"Intriguing and beautifully produced … Cooper approaches the history of medicine with the same eclectic verve, pace and off-beat imagination as she demonstrates in her historically based novels … the reader is positively bombarded with fascinating information."

Magpies Magazine

"Channelling Sherlock and Watson, Rosy and Jaz journey through the history of medicine … a fascinating look at the role science, pseudo-science, and convenient accidents have had on the well-being of humanity."

Reading Time

"…strong characters and a believable purpose combine with a deft writerly touch to produce an interesting and engaging narrative that educates … I can see this being picked up by young readers for pleasure, but I would also commend it to teachers to consider as a class text, due to its quality and relevance to learning."

Tehani Croft

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The Montmaray Journals

The award-winning, internationally acclaimed historical trilogy

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper The FitzOsbornes in Exile The FitzOsbornes at War

A Brief History of Montmaray (Book One)

★ Awarded the 2009 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature (NSW Premier's Literary Awards)
★ Shortlisted for the 2008 Gold Inky Teenage Choice Award
★ Recommended Book in the 2009 Parents' Choice Book Awards
★ Listed in the American Library Association's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults

★ "A smart and stirring choice to usher fans of the Brontës into the twentieth century." Booklist, starred review

"Michelle Cooper's A Brief History of Montmaray breathes new life into the dark and stormy romantic suspense novels that made earlier generations ardent fans of the Brontës, Daphne du Maurier, and Victoria Holt. Teens and 'tweens will be tearing through the novel's second half by the night light." Amazon.com Review: Best of the Month, October 2009

"Romance, adventure, a touch of the supernatural and a winning heroine who will touch the heart. Compelling." Kirkus Reviews

"A Brief History of Montmaray is one of the most enchanting novels I have read all year. Blending taut writing and sharp characterizations with historical fact and fiction, this slim novel is impossible to resist." San Francisco Book Review

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The FitzOsbornes in Exile (Book Two)

★ Shortlisted for the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Young Adult Book Award
★ Shortlisted for the 2011 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature (NSW Premier's Literary Awards)
★ Longlisted for the 2011 Gold Inky Teenage Choice Award
★ Notable Book for Older Readers in the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia awards
★ Listed in Best Teen Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews
★ Listed in the American Library Association's 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

★ "Multilayered and engrossing, Cooper's tale alternates between frothy fun and heartbreaking seriousness with utter mastery." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The FitzOsbornes in Exile, peopled with a rich cast of historical and fictional characters, is by turns funny, lush and moving, beautifully observed and fascinating in its political and historical detail." Judges' report, 2011 Ethel Turner Prize for Youth Literature

"It’'s I Capture the Castle meets the Mitfords in this entertaining confection . . . but Cooper’'s engagement of politics (Oswald Mosley, Unity Mitford, and the Kennedy family all figure in the plot) and her quick, inventive wit give the book its own captivating originality." The Horn Book Magazine

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The FitzOsbornes at War (Book Three)

★ Listed in Best Teen Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews

★ "A detailed and nuanced portrait of life in the madness of war . . . Absorbing, compelling and unforgettable." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Sophie’s journals provide readers with a fascinating view of wartime Britain . . . a perfect choice for teen devotees of Downton Abbey." Booklist, starred review

★ "Sophie is the perfect narrator for a young person's account of the war . . . fascinating and thoroughly engrossing." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Highly recommended . . . This is a wonderful but often heart wrenching conclusion to a fascinating series that should be in every library." Read Plus

Published in Australia and New Zealand in April, 2012 and in North America in October, 2012. The film and television rights to The Montmaray Journals have been optioned.

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The Rage of Sheep

A hilarious story about girls, gossip, growing up and God

The Rage of Sheep by Michelle Cooper

"Hester, her friends and classmates are depicted with humour and understanding . . . Easy to read and fast moving, Cooper depicts school language and situations that most Australian students will readily identify. The language is accessible and colourful. Recommended." Reading Time

"This is a great read for teenagers, who would fully appreciate the dramas that play out in the classroom and school yard between friends." Fiction Focus

". . . good food for thought on philosophical issues - as well as an entertaining read." Australian Bookseller and Publisher

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