| Matthew, Emi|| Chris McCooey|
| 1949Tunbridge Wells|
The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells; University College, Oxford; University of California, Berkeley - Graduate Journalism School
Freelance writer and speaker
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, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail 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. He spent a number of years living and working in Japan. He is the father of actor, Matt McCooey.
At Oxford he was a contemporary of Bill Clinton and played rugby with him. 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". He recalls Clinton and fellow Rhodes scholar, Robert Reich, engaged in "titanic arguments" as they walked across the quad.
Chris McCooey Wikipedia
McCooey's published books include: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.