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Mary Loudon

The author of five books of non-fiction & fiction, published in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal & Norway, Mary has contributed essays & poetry to six anthologies, chaired many public discussions & made over 200 radio & TV appearances. A former judge for the Whitbread Prize & Costa Book Awards, she has won four writer’s prizes, been short-listed for MIND Book of the Year & long-listed for Richard & Judy Book of The Year. Her novel, My House Is Falling Down, is being adapted for the stage. She is closely associated with the Hay Festival, where she is a regular contributor.

In 2021, with director Nicola Moran, Mary produced & staged the international bestseller In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda - the true story of a refugee child’s gruelling 5-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy - raising many thousands of pounds for the refugee charity Young Roots, in a sell-out UK tour.

“A truthful, exciting, agonising adult love triangle. An emotional labyrinth, with monsters, great risks –and survival.”

Laline Paull, author of The Bees

“A novel of great tenderness and intelligence…
a grown up love tangle with interesting, grown up men and women.”

Andrew Miller, author of Pure

“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, author of The Good Wife

“Nothing I say could match the emotional lure and its sustaining that is here. First person love – real, lived – a tense, irresistible read.”

Jon Snow, Channel 4 News anchor


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