Louise Wener

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Louise Wener
Birth name Louise Jane Wener
Born (1966-07-30) 30 July 1966 (age 49)
Origin Gants Hill, London, England
Genres Indie rock, Britpop
Occupation(s) Singer, writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active
  • 1993–1998 (music)
  • 1998 onwards (writing)
Associated acts Sleeper

Louise Jane Wener (born 30 July 1966, Gants Hill, London)[1] is an English writer and songwriter, formerly of the band Sleeper. Sleeper recorded three full-length albums: Smart, The It Girl, and Pleased to Meet You.

After the band split in 1998, Wener began a writing career[2] and has written four novels: Goodnight Steve McQueen, The Big Blind (aka The Perfect Play) The Half Life of Stars and Worldwide Adventures In Love. Her autobiography, Different for Girls: My True-life Adventures in Pop (aka Just For One Day: Adventures in Britpop) was published in June 2010 (ISBN 978-0091936518).

In addition to writing herself, Wener has taught novel-writing. With her partner, Sleeper drummer Andy MacLure, she formed another band, Huge Advance, although they only played in and around their residential suburb of Crouch End.[3] By 2011, she and MacLure had married and moved to Brighton, where MacLure teaches at a music college.[4] They have a son and a daughter. Wener has written an article about motherhood for The Guardian in which she was highly critical of the writer Lionel Shriver's attitude toward the subject.[5]


  1. ^ Different for Girls, L. Wener; Ebury Press 2010, page 6
  2. ^ Wener, Louise (6 July 2002). "My life as a pop star". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Britpop stars: Where are they now?". Virgin Media. 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (2 July 2011). "Beyond Britpop: Whatever happened to the class of '95?". The Independent. 
  5. ^ "Louise Wener asks what's wrong with being a mother?". The Guardian (London). 5 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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