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A True Story of Love and Alcohol

is to be published in June 2018 by Borough Press

It is a memoir about, well, love and alcohol.

In particular, about being in love with an alcoholic, and what can happen. 

Frankfurt Book Fair, Wednesday 11th October

Suzie Dooré has acquired World rights to YOU LEFT EARLY by Louisa Young, in a deal made directly with the author. This will be the first front-list nonfiction to be published by the Borough Press, with the hardback scheduled for June 2018.

From the author of MY DEAR, I WANTED TO TELL YOU, this is an intense memoir of her relationship with her late fiancé, the composer Robert Lockhart. A brilliant and charismatic man, he was also an alcoholic, who despite five years of hard-won sober recovery was still killed, too young, by his addiction. It is an impassioned and elegiac love story, gorgeously crafted, darkly funny, and warts-and-all. This book will move, disturb and offer consolation to anyone who ever loved an alcoholic, or suffered catastrophic grief.

‘There are so many addicts,’ says Young, ‘and so many people in love with addicts, and yet so little written about what a lonely, baffling netherworld that love can be. The only way to address it as a writer seemed to be to throw all the doors and windows open, to lay plain what went on for Robert and me, and thereby to offer a hand to others in similar situations, and to throw some light for those lucky enough not to be experienced in alcoholism. It’s an extremely personal book, but also a version of a very common story.’ 

Suzie Dooré said: ‘I have never read anything like this before, and editing it has been an extraordinary and emotional experience. Part love story, part memoir, part elegy, it is beautifully written and at times exquisitely painful. The best writers, like Louisa, can turn their personal grief into something that instructs and heals others, and I hope that is what YOU LEFT EARLY will do.



At the same time, the author’s music project Birds of Britain will be releasing their debut album, also called YOU LEFT EARLY: a collection of songs written by Louisa. It will be available on Soundcloud, iTunes and in all the usual places.

Birds of Britain is made up of Louisa Young (songwriter, singer) and Alex Mackenzie (arranger, musician, producer). 



The sequel to My Dear I Wanted to Tell You and The Heroes' Welcome

is out now in paperback.

'What an appropriate title. These characters demand devotion. They'll get it, too' -- The Times

'A stirring story of war and its consequences - tender and convincing' -- Mail on Sunday

'Moving, vivid, memorable . . . Real knowledge and affection . . . Great subtlety' -- The Tablet


The Angeline Gower Trilogy, aka the Cairo Trilogy, Louisa's early novels


('Spectacularly worth reading' -- The Times)

Desiring Cairo

('Exhilarating' -- The Sunday Times)


Tree of Pearls

 ('Compelling' -- The Sunday Times)

are now available in beautiful new paperbacks issued by

The Borough Press 




 The sequel to My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, THE HEROES' WELCOME, is out now

from The Borough Press. 

'If you read one book about the effects of WW1, make it this' - The Times. 

Reviewed here in the Observer, The Times, and the Standard

 'So good, so strong, so accomplished, so emotionally powerful . . . Perhaps it will be the one that will win Louisa one of the major literary prizes which is her due - it demands that level of acclaim. . . . Beautifully drawn vivid characters, each of whom the reader cares about immensely - floors you - had me in floods of tears - absolutely worthwhile' Open Book, BBC Radio 4, 


My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

was the London Cityread for 2014, alongside Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful, with a full schedule of film, dinner, readings, library appearances, theatre and talks. Louisa Young spoke at the Royal Society of Literature on March 1 with Sebastian Faulkes, Tobias Hill and Timberlake Wertenbaker, discussing the literature of WW1; at the British Library on April 14 with Kirsty Lang, and at the National Portrait Gallery on May 15 discussing maxillofacial reconstruction with Iain Hutchinson.




by Louisa (and her daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young)'s alter ego Zizou Corder, toured the UK in summer 2013, in a production by the internationally acclaimed award-winning all-round fabulous theatre companyComplicite. Directed by company co-founder Annabel Arden and starring Adetomiwa Edun as Charlie.**** Michael Billington, The Guardian. It was revived in London at the Tricycle theatre in December 2014, starring Marins Isoken, then at the New Victory Theatre in New York in early 2015 before a World Tour including Hong Kong, South Korea, and South Africa.  



 'She Wiped the Surface and Put the Kettle On', by Louisa Young, was beautifully read on BBC Radio Four by Emma Fielding, on November 9 2012, as part of Friday Firsts, a new series of short stories


A GREAT TASK OF HAPPINESS: The Life of Kathleen Scott - Louisa Young's acclaimed biography of her grandmother - has been revised and reissued, to celebrate the centenary of Captain Scott's Last Expedition. 'A Father for my Son', based on the biography, was recently broadcast on Radio 4.


Louisa Young's novel  My Dear I Wanted to Tell You  was selected for the  Richard & Judy Bookclub, spring 2012Here is the interview. 

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2011, the Galaxy Book of the Year Award 2011, the  Independent Booksellers Book Award 2012 and the Wellcome Book Prize 2011; and nominated for the Impac Literary Award 2013Read by Dan Stevens, with music by Robert Lockhart, it won the Audible Audiobook of the Year 2011 at the Galaxy National Book Awards.  Here is a little film/interview from Channel 4 on the book and the awards. 

Louisa and Dan Stevens with their Galaxy Award

Louisa Young wins Galaxy Book Award
Read by Olivia Colman, it was BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in January 2012

Read an interview with Louisa Young from The Times, March 17 2011. See a short film here, one of a beautiful series by Barry J Gibb of the Wellcome Trust, about science and the arts: this one is about novels. Watch a film about the book hereHear a podcast interview: on Johnny Cash, the history of maxillofacial surgery, love and WW1 . . . Louisa talks about the book here. In the US? Buy the book here.  Hear Louisa interviewed by Kirsty Lang on Front Row - Radio Four - here. See what Waterstones' booksellers think of it here. Read a review in The Independenthere. Listen to Louisa on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 Bookclub here. Read here Louisa's article in the Independent on one of the best books about WW1. Listen to Andrew Motion, Claire Armitstead and Louisa Young discussing WW1 poetry here.

'This novel is a triumph' - Elizabeth Jane Howard

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Lee Raven A Great Task of Happiness history Kathleen Scott Desiring Cairo Baby Love novels ancestors Halo Lionboy Tree of Pearls buy books here Zizou Corder The Book of the Heart My Dear I Wanted to Tell You