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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. 


Mary is a Fellow of the British American Project.

“She writes like the late, great Raymond Carver.”

Fergal Keane

“People as empathic as Mary Loudon are rare. Writers as incisive and clean are even rarer.” 

Norah Vincent


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