The Writers' Writer
“Yes, I believe you can learn to write! I did. I don't believe it's an innate, god-given talent. It's much more about tenderness, a sense of humour, and willpower.”
“I started The Novelry in 2017 when it occurred to me that writing was the only art that wasn't collegiate. Other arts form working associations, and apprenticeships, and share learning and skills. But not literature? It made no sense. I invited writers to write with me and The Novelry was born. All writers are equal before the page. We all feel the same fear and exhilaration. Now we share our knowledge. I'm passionate about my writers' work and thrilled to cheer their successes.”
In 2017 Booker-listed author Louise Dean decided to start writing a novel live. The Bookseller let people know she was calling for writers to join her in writing a novel in ninety days, and some forty applied. Louise recorded her daily process step-by-step and created the material for her novel writing course as she wrote. By 2020, with hundreds of writers enthusing about the down-to-earth and often amusing course, Louise Dean added fellow authors, Katie Khan, Emylia Hall and Kate Riordan to help her coach hundreds of writers worldwide. In 2021 the team expanded to include authors in more genres of fiction - Polly Ho-Yen, Mahsuda Snaith, Jack Jordan and Tasha Suri - to help their aspiring authors get literary agents and publishing deals, Louise decided to recruit to the team the people who knew publishing best and in the summer of 2021 she hired three publishing editors from Penguin Random House followed by a senior editor at Titan books. Luminaries on the team include Lizzy Goudsmit Kay, commissioning editor at Transworld and bestselling author, senior editor Tash Barsby who has edited big names like Paula Hawkins, and Lily Lindon, also a published author and editor from Vintage Books. Guest author tutors have included Val McDermid, Jessie Burton, Mark Billingham, Harriet Tyce, Mike Gayle and Meg Rosoff. The team works with leading literary agencies in New York and London, including Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency who having signed a graduate, describe The Novelry as a ‘wonderful organisation for aspiring writers.’ With creative writing courses from $149 or £99, The Novelry prides itself on affordable access for aspiring authors to get published.
An Award-Winning Author
“Dean deserves a huge readership.” The Times.
Louise Dean is the author of four novels and has been published globally by Penguin and Simon & Schuster amongst others.
Louise has won The Betty Trask Prize and Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award and The Booker Prize. Her books have been deemed the top books of their year by The Guardian, The Observer and Publishers Weekly. A finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award.
Praise for Louise Dean, the Author
J.M. Coetzee. Nobel Prize Laureate.
“I read Louise Dean's Becoming Strangers with pleasure and admiration.”
“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.” J.M Coetzee.
"Fizzes with talent." The Sunday Times.
"Breathtaking." The Observer.
"Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction." The Independent.
"Audacious ... remarkable .... with such compassion and perceptive detail - nothing short of astonishing." The Telegraph.
"All her characters are perfectly conceived, their inner dialogues spot on, her observations so sharp they make you wince." Time Out.
"Dean's observations have a lyrical intensity few can match." The Guardian.
"Dean writes with beautifully controlled clarity. She’s extremely funny, but also humane and moving." The Times.
"Breathtaking." San Francisco Chronicle.
"Compassionate and amusing." Times Literary Supplement.
"Pitch-perfect." New York Times. "Dean's characters have the rough edges and surprising grace of real people, and her fierce humanism animates every page."
"One of the world's five most underrated authors." Wall Street Journal.
Louise Dean's Novels
After more than half a century of marriage, Dorothy and George are embarking on their first journey abroad together. Three decades younger, Jan and Annemieke are taking their last, as illness and incompatibility bring their unhappy union to an end. At first the luxury of a Caribbean resort is no match for the well-worn patterns of domestic life. Then the couples' paths cross, and a series of surprises ensues - a disappearance and an assault - but also a tempest of passions, slights, misunderstandings, and small awakenings that punctuate a week in which each pair struggles to come to terms with what's been keeping them apart.
This Human Season
It is November 1979. Kathleen's son Sean has just been transferred to Belfast's most notorious prison - Long Kesh, recently renamed the Maze. Kathleen knows that he will join the other prisoners on their non-cooperation protest, known as the Blanket. Rumours of a hunger strike are beginning to circulate. John Dunn has finished twenty years in the British Army. After three tours of Belfast, he's found a girl and a house and a job as a prison guard. In the weeks before Christmas, both Kathleen and John will find themselves in impossible situations. Both will have to find a way to survive when everything they love is in danger of being destroyed.
The Idea of Love
Richard is the head of sales in Africa for a pharmaceutical company. He spends most of his time away on business, sleeping with other women and pushing psychiatric drugs on a developing market. Back in Provence, he and his wife, Valérie, no longer share a bed, and his teenage son, Maxence, is hearing voices. When Richard begins an affair with a neighbour, Rachel, he discovers that Valérie, too, is having an affair - with Rachel's husband, Jeff. Suddenly, a routine trip to Africa to sell pharmaceuticals is more than he can handle and his life starts to implode as he realizes that the idea of a life full of that love he has cherished is a mere illusion.
The Old Romantic
Meet Ken. He's obsessed with death, planning his own funeral and desperate to die in the bosom of his family. Unfortunately for Ken, that's the last place his family wants him. His oldest son Nick left home over twenty years ago and reinvented himself. At forty, he has returned home to Kent in the South East of England and found happiness with his girlfriend Astrid and her twelve-year-old daughter Laura, and he doesn't want the old man to spoil things. He's come a long way; he's a professional, a country gent, a family man. But the past is coming back for Nick and it won't let him be. An Oprah Book Club Book of The Week.
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