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'Louise Dean has Alan Bennett's almost supernatural talent for observing and measuring the comedy and tragedy of ordinary, heartfelt lives'
The Guardian

"With clear-eyed compassion, and with all the resources of the novelist's art, Louise Dean leads us through those terrible days when for a while Belfast was a vortex for the worst of the world's cruelty and pain."

JM Coetzee
On 'This Human Season' by Louise Dean

"Dean is brave enough to offer the reader a glimpse of a real hope, held hopelessly between funeral and tragedy. She is also an eloquent architect of strengths and shapes of passion, and remarkable in her harshly lyrical delineations of the lives of women and girls . . . Ranging across this huge landscape is a novel which captures a community's resilience and its humour full of broken glass. Louise Dean describes the exact glint of this spirit."

Ali Smith
On 'This Human Season' by Louise Dean

"It is quite hard to put into words the special qualities of this novel although you feel these at once when you begin to read it. Maturity, poise, a certain distinctive humour. I enjoyed 'Becoming Strangers' greatly. It is a very accomplished piece of writing"

Helen Dunmore
On 'Becoming Strangers' by Louise Dean

Award Winning Author

Louise Dean's novels have all been reviewed to critical acclaim in major UK newspapers, literary journals and overseas press. She has won the Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker and IMPAC.  Her first book 'Becoming Strangers' was named one of The Observer's top four books of the year, and 'her most recent book 'The Old Romantic' an Oprah Book of the Week.

Louise has taught  for the Arvon Foundation on novel writing and short stories and spoken at Hay on Wye, Brisbane, Galle and Edinburgh Festivals.

She has appeared on BBC News, Radio 4, Woman's Hour with Jenni Murray and Mariella Frostrup amongst others.

Louise was educated at Cambridge University and has lived and worked in the US and France.

A 'Fearless' Novelist

"Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction." Boyd Tonkin, The Independent.


'Dean is an audacious arrival in British fiction. She is unafraid to tackle unsexy or unsafe material, or to stray beyond the domestic sphere. With the difficult second novel, so often a disappointment, she has significantly upped the stakes and succeeded.' Lisa Allardice, The Guardian.

'Sharp, perceptive writing'

'Dean peels back the skin of these marriages with an unflinching lack of sentimentality and an immense talent for close observation and evocative, often poetic detail. She can reach straight into a character’s heart . . . The ending is unexpected, yet entirely deserved. Dean has produced an ideal novel." The Atlantic Monthly.

'I still don't know whether I'd call this supremely complex piece of writing comic, tragic or just plain feelgood. All I know is, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. In the end, I was so uplifted, I did both.' The Guardian. 

'There is so much to treasure in this terrific book, but its deepest joy is the sharp, perceptive writing’ Financial Times.

'Dean has a deliciously lucid and seemingly effortless style... An exceptionally enjoyable book' Daily Mail.

'Audacious'

'Breathtaking . . . Dean crafts a gut-wrenching tale of marital recklessness and guilt that is reminiscent of John Updike at his most masterful . . . "Becoming Strangers" is poignant, authentic, funny and extraordinary.' San Francisco Chronicle.

‘A clever plot and plenty of surprises.’  'Engaging...it is hard to stop turning the pages...arresting...fizzes with talent' The Sunday Times.

'Nothing short of astonishing'. The Telegraph.

'Dean writes with beautifully controlled clarity about family ties, social class, the generation gap and the vanished England of the past. She’s extremely funny, but also humane and moving.' The Times.

'Page turning and heartbreaking...one of the books of the year.' The Independent.

'As a teacher... full of wisdom and humour'

'Her passion for the written word translates into every dimension of her work as a tutor. As a teacher I found her frank, exacting, generous, and full of wisdom and humour. She doesn’t sugar-coat the writing process, the emphasis is on nurturing the creative spirit while working never less than very hard.' Emylia Hall, published author of novels.

'Meet Louise Dean who created the course, woman of boundless energy, good humour and knowledge. She's also practical...' Ros Try-Hane, member of Kritikme. Film critic.

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