Louise Doughty is the author of ten novels, most recently A Bird in Winter, published by Faber & Faber UK Ltd in August of last year. Her previous books include Platform Seven, filmed for ITVX and broadcast on 7th December 2023; Black Water, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the bestseller Apple Tree Yard, adapted for BBC One; and Whatever You Love, nominated for the Costa Novel Award and the Women’s Prize for fiction. She has been nominated for many other prizes including the Sunday Times Short Story Prize and the CWA Silver Dagger, along with creating and writing the hit BBC drama Crossfire. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.

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Crossfire (watch the trailer above) was broadcast on BBC One on the 20th, 21st and 22nd September 2022.


Platform Seven was released by Faber & Faber UK on 22nd August 2019 and the UK paperback was published on 30th April 2020, order here.  A four-part TV adaptation was broadcast by ITVX on 7th December 2023

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Her eighth novel was Black Water, published by Faber & Faber UK and Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US, where it was nominated as one of the New York Times Book Review Top 100 Notable Books of 2016.


apple tree yardHer most well-known book is the number one bestseller Apple Tree Yard.  First published in 2013, it has sold over half a million copies in the UK alone and has been translated in thirty territories worldwide.  A four-part TV adaptation with Emily Watson in the lead role was broadcast on Sunday nights on BBC1 in January 2017.  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.

Follow Louise Doughty on Twitter: @doughtylouise