Louise Doughty is the author of eight novels, one work of non-fiction and five plays for radio.
Her latest book, Black Water, is out now from Faber & Faber UK and Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US. It was nominated as one of the New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2016.
‘Absolutely gripping and a thriller, definitely, but also a meditation on guilt and responsibility.’ The Bookseller, June fiction highlights
‘Pulls off the John Le Carre trick of combining real moral complexity with page turning excitement.’ Readers Digest
Her previous book was the top ten bestseller Apple Tree Yard. First published in 2013, it was shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and the National Book Award Thriller of the Year and sold in twenty-eight languages worldwide. A four-part TV adaptation with Emily Watson in the lead role was recently broadcast on Sunday nights on BBC1. It received widespread critical acclaim and consolidated viewing figures of 7million per episode, making it the most-viewed new BBC drama since The Night Manager. ‘As with the bestselling novel by Louise Doughty on which it’s based, once you start this, you can’t stop.’ The Times
Doughty’s sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC and has been the judge for many prizes and awards including the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Novel Award. She lives in London.
‘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, more sure-footed with each novel, leads her unnerved reader into dark territory. A compelling and bravely written book.’
– Hilary Mantel
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