“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on the head.”  

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Mary Loudon - Author non fiction

Mary Loudon

“She writes like the great Raymond Carver; she can get to the heart of human experience with a word or a line.  It's completely mind-blowing how she does it.” Fergal Keane

“What a lucid, subtle and beautiful writer she is, with a gift for slicing through to the complexities of a relationship or a situation. Reading anything by Mary Loudon is to peer through the bell jar to the truths captured inside it.”
Elizabeth Buchan

My House Is Falling Down in hardback, kindle and audiobook, starring Juliet Stevenson


Also available in Waterstones, Hive or your local independent bookstore

eBooks via Apple, Kobo and Google Books also available.

My House Is Falling Down                       

 by Mary Loudon Picador

Relative Stranger - A Sister’s Life After Death

by Mary Loudon Canongate

Secrets & Lives  -  Middle England Revealed

by Mary Loudon Pan Macmillan

Revelations: The Clergy Questioned

by Mary Loudon Hamish Hamilton / Penguin

Unveiled: Nuns Talking

by Mary Loudon Chatto & Windus / Vintage

About Mary Loudon

Mary Loudon is the author of four non-fiction books: Relative Stranger: A Sister’s Life After Death; Secrets & Lives: Middle England Revealed; Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled: Nuns Talking. She has also contributed essays and poetry to six anthologies. My House Is Falling Down is her first novel.

Mary has won four writer’s prizes, and was short- and long-listed for the 
MIND Book of the Year award, and the Richard and Judy Book of the Year award, respectively, for Relative Stranger. She has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize and the Costa Book Awards, and is a Fellow of the British American Project. She is a popular social and cultural commentator and has chaired or taken part in many public discussions in London, Oxford, Paris, New York, Washington, and at the Hay-on-Wye, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Oxford literary festivals.

Mary has made over 200 radio and television appearances on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ABC and Sky: the vast majority of them have been for the BBC arts and comment programmes.

Mary's UK non-fiction publishers are Random House, Penguin, Macmillan & Canongate. Her fiction publisher is Picador.  Her books have been published in the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, 
Portugal and Norway.

Mary was born in November 1966 and lives with her family in 
Oxfordshire and mid-Wales.


Mary Loudon loves meeting fellow readers and writers and is always happy to speak at book groups, regardless of size and location. No fee; travel expenses only.
If you would like Mary to come to your book group please contact:
Melanie Cumberland

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