Louise is the author of novels and short stories published in the UK and internationally by Penguin and Harcourt amongst other publishers.

She has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and received The Prince Maurice Prize and the Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize.

Louise’s first book, the award-winning ‘Becoming Strangers’ was voted one of the top 5 fiction books of 2004 by The Observer.

Her latest novel ‘The Old Romantic’ has been described as a ‘warm-hearted comedy of bad manners’ set in contemporary England.

Louise’s reviews, short stories and critical pieces have been published in major magazines and newspapers.


Louise Dean. Author.

‘I am Becoming Strangers no.1 fan, writing to say how much I enjoyed The Idea of Love. It's frickin great. Gobbled it up on a trip last week involving many hours of planes and airports. So happy, sipping cappuccinos, soaking up your prose. So until the next one, thanks a million.’ Jeremy Lazell, journalist, travel writer for the Sunday Times.

‘Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction.’

Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

August 20 2010

‘The Old Romantic’ named one of the top ten literary fiction titles for 2011 ...  Publishers Weekly USA.