Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty
Born (1963-09-04) 4 September 1963 (age 51)
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, U.K.
Occupation Novelist, Journalist
Nationality British

Louise Doughty (born 4 September 1963) is an English novelist, playwright and journalist from a Romani background.


Doughty was born in Melton Mowbray and grew up in Rutland. She is an alumna of Leeds University and of the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course, headed by Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. She lives in London.[1]

In 2006 Doughty contributed a weekly column to The Daily Telegraph inviting readers to write a Novel in a Year, and the following year a weekly column on the life of a writer entitled "A Writer's Year".[2] Doughty has also presented radio programmes for the BBC on literature, and was a judge for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. She also writes radio plays.


Louise Doughty's novel Whatever You Love was short-listed for the Costa award for fiction in 2010 and long-listed for the Orange Prize 2011.[3] Apple Tree Yard was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Choice in the spring of 2014.[4]

Her short story, "Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows", is currently longlisted for the 2015' Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the richest prize in the world for a single short story.

Doughty is quoted as saying, "The comment that has pleased me most in any of the reviews of my work was when one critic said, 'Louise Doughty writes about people who don't usually get written about.'"[5]

List of works[edit]

  • Maybe, winner of a Radio Times Drama Award, BBC Radio 3, 1991
  • The Koala Bear Joke, BBC Radio 4, 1994
  • Nightworkers, BBC Radio 4, 1998
  • Geronimo!, BBC Radio 4, 2004
  • The Withered Arm, adapting a story by Thomas Hardy, BBC Radio 4, 2006


  1. ^ British Council
  2. ^ Telegraph site. [1].
  3. ^ Guardian site Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  4. ^ Richard & Judy website. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ British Council site...

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