Chris McCooey

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Christopher (Chris) McCooey
Born 1949
Tunbridge Wells
Education The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells; University College, Oxford; University of California, Berkeley - Graduate Journalism School
Occupation Freelance writer and speaker
Children Matthew, Emi

Chris McCooey is a freelance journalist, photographer and author. He was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1949 and has contributed travel and gardening articles to The Times,[1] The Daily Telegraph,[2] The Financial Times,[3] The Daily Mail[4] and The Daily Express. He has written a number of local history books and gives talks to local societies in Kent and Sussex. He was educated at The Skinners' School and University College, Oxford[no citations needed here]. He spent a number of years living and working in Japan.[5] He is the father of actor, Matt McCooey[no citations needed here].

At Oxford he was a contemporary of Bill Clinton and played rugby with him[no citations needed here]. McCooey describes a game in which Clinton flattened an opponent who didn't have the ball. McCooey explained to the referee, "he's from America where you can flatten anybody".[6] He recalls Clinton and fellow Rhodes scholar, Robert Reich, engaged in "titanic arguments" as they walked across the quad.[7]

Published books

McCooey's published books include:[8]

  • Images of Southborough and High Brooms (archive photographs) – The History Press
  • Voices of Southborough and High Brooms (archive photographs) – The History Press
  • Sussex Heroes: Brave, Resourceful and True – JAK Books
  • Kent Scandals: Sensational, Salacious and Sad – JAK Books
  • Kent Characters – Wacky, Weird and Wonderful – JAK Books
  • Rogues, Rascals and Rebels of Kent and Sussex – JAK Books
  • Tales, Titbits and Trivia of Kent and Sussex – JAK Books
  • Birds, Beasts and Bacchanalia of Kent and Sussex – JAK Books
  • Smuggling on the South Coast – Amberley
  • Companion to Japanese Britain and Ireland (with Bowen Pearse) In Print Publishing Ltd
  • Leisure Guide to Scotland's Countryside ISBN 978-0-85936-027-2

He is also the editor of Despatches from the Home Front: War Diaries of Joan Strange 1939-1945.


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