Louise Dean

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Louise is the founder of Thenovelry.com. The new online creative writing courses.

Louise Dean has won the Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Booker Prize.  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 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.’ The Guardian.

'Dean writes with beautifully controlled clarity about family ties, social class, the generation gap and the vanished England of the p
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Louise Dean Hello, please forgive me for my answer, but as you probably know we prefer to write as opposed to speak because we like to consider things carefully a…moreHello, please forgive me for my answer, but as you probably know we prefer to write as opposed to speak because we like to consider things carefully and express them carefully. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, some twenty years, and the very best of my thoughts on this and so many other aspects of writing are all kept at Kritikme.com for the Novel in 90 Plan which you can sample, or check out the answer to this and more at www.kritikme.com/blog. Once you've read that I'd be more than happy to answer any specific questions. Briefly, though let me say there is no such thing. You wait. You read. You write. Then repeat. If you're truly blocked after repeating that exercise then there are three things which may occur to you of which two might be true. 1. The idea stinks 2. The main character stinks. The third one is not true. I hope you can guess what it is. Come and check us at at kritikme.com.(less)
Louise Dean Hello, please forgive me for my answer, but as you probably know we prefer to write as opposed to speak because we like to consider things carefully a…moreHello, please forgive me for my answer, but as you probably know we prefer to write as opposed to speak because we like to consider things carefully and express them carefully. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, some twenty years, and the very best of my thoughts on this and so many other aspects of writing are all kept at Kritikme.com for the Novel in 90 Plan which you can sample, or check out the answer to this and more at www.kritikme.com/blog. Once you've read that I'd be more than happy to answer any specific questions. Briefly, though, it's occasionally and rarely being so very moved you don't know whether to laugh or cry and in moments like those life has extraordinary meaning and poignancy. You write to keep that moment in a jar.(less)
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The Old Romantic

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This Human Season

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“I could love you, I could kill you. I want this. This is how I make my mark, this is where I plant my flag, this is how I stake my claim, this is how I deny you, this is how I claim you, this is what you owe me, this is what I am taking, this is how I know I'm alive.”
Louise Dean, This Human Season

“There was a reason adultery was forbidden, that is was a moral sin akin to suicide; it killed you from the inside out.”
Louise Dean, This Human Season

“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Tis a funny thing, reflected the Count as he stood ready to abandon his suite. From the earliest age, we must learn to say good-bye to friends and family. We see our parents and siblings off at the station; we visit cousins, attend schools, join the regiment; we marry, or travel abroad. It is part of the human experience that we are constantly gripping a good fellow by the shoulders and wishing him well, taking comfort from the notion that we will hear word of him soon enough. But experience is less likely to teach us how to bid our dearest possessions adieu. And if it were to? We wouldn’t welcome the education. For eventually, we come to hold our dearest possessions more closely than we hold our friends. We carry them from place to place, often at considerable expense and inconvenience; we dust and polish their surfaces and reprimand children for playing too roughly in their vicinity—all the while, allowing memories to invest them with greater and greater importance. This armoire, we are prone to recall, is the very one in which we hid as a boy; and it was these silver candelabra that lined our table on Christmas Eve; and it was with this handkerchief that she once dried her tears, et cetera, et cetera. Until we imagine that these carefully preserved possessions might give us genuine solace in the face of a lost companion. But, of course, a thing is just a thing.”
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

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