Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, 2012
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, 2012
Born4 September 1963
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
OccupationNovelist, Journalist
ResidenceLondon, England

Louise Doughty is an English fiction and non-fiction writer, and a playwright and journalist. She has worked as a The Daily Telegraph columnist and as a BBC Radio 4 presenter. Her ninth novel appeared in 2019.


Doughty was born on 4 September 1963[1] in Melton Mowbray and grew up in Oakham, Rutland.[2] She attended Oakham School and is an alumna of Leeds University and of the University of East Anglia. She has lectured and contributed on creative writing in several countries of the world.[3]

Louise Doughty now lives in London.[3]

Doughty has written novels, non-fiction and plays for radio.[4] She has worked as a cultural critic for newspapers and magazines.[4] Her weekly column for The Daily Telegraph was published as A Novel in a Year in 2007.[4] Doughty was the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read in 1998 to 2001.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Doughty's novel Whatever You Love was short-listed for the Costa Book Award for fiction in 2010 and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011.[5]

Her Apple Tree Yard was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Choice in the spring of 2014[6] and adapted for television (Apple Tree Yard) in 2017 with Emily Watson. Hilary Mantel commented on the novel, "There can’t be a woman alive who hasn't once realised, in a moment of panic, that she's in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong man. Louise Doughty... leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book."[3]

Her short story "Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows" was long-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.[7]

Louise Doughty is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2019 she received an honorary doctorate (D.Litt.) from the University of East Anglia.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Crazy Paving, 1995, ISBN 0-671-71879-7
  • Dance with Me, 1996, ISBN 0-684-81652-0
  • Honey-Dew, 1998, ISBN 0-684-82090-0, a murder mystery set in Rutland
  • Fires in the Dark, 2003, ISBN 0-7432-2087-0, a novel about the disaster to Romani people in central Europe during the Second World War
  • Stone Cradle, 2006, ISBN 0-7432-2089-7, continuing Doughty's exploration of her Romani family background
  • Whatever You Love, 2010, ISBN 978-0-571-25475-0
  • Apple Tree Yard, 2013, ISBN 978-0-571-29788-7
  • Black Water, 2016, ISBN 978-0-571-27866-4
  • Platform Seven, 2019 ISBN 978-0-571-32194-0
  • 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. ^ "Louise Doughty". www.goodreads.com.
  2. ^ Doughty, Louise (15 September 2019). "Louise Doughty on Melton Mowbray: 'My grandparents' gazes met across a pork pie'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Author's site. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Louise Doughty Bio at British Council
  5. ^ Orange Prize Longlist Retrieved 14 October 2014 The Guardian
  6. ^ Richard & Judy Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  7. ^ Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award Retrieved 4 March 2018

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