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Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty on her BBC drama Crossfire, singer-songwriter Miki Berenyi from Lush, author Jenn Ashworth

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Bestselling author Louise Doughty discusses her new BBC One drama Crossfire, a thriller about a terrorist attack in a luxury holiday resort, starring Keeley Hawes. She talks about writing for the screen for the first time, after her novels Apple Tree Yard and Platform 7 were adapted for television. Singer songwriter Miki Berenyi, who is best known as part of the 1980s/90s indie rock band Lush, talks about her memoir Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved me from Success. Her book covers her jaw-dropping childhood and the highs and lows of being a woman in the music business, touring America and the dark side of Britpop. The novelist and short story writer Jenn Ashworth is the latest of the authors shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2022. She joins Front Row to talk about Flat 19, inspired by a work by Doris Lessing, exploring the daily pressures on a woman who finds a surprising way to escape them.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Paul Waters


20 Sep 2022

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Louise Doughty, best-selling and award winning novelist of nine books, including the televised "Apple Tree Yard" and most recently "Platform Seven" talks to author Kate Weinberg about how Toni Morrison's epic slavery novel "Beloved" shaped her as a writer and a person. She also talks about the late discovery of a family secret, her Romany roots, running away as a child, the heartbreak of mother love, how coercively controlling men disguise themselves as the most romantic, and how she has changed her views on love and happiness.


27 Jul 2020

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#85: Louise Doughty, novelist

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Rachel and Simon speak with Louise Doughty. Louise is the author of nine novels, including “Apple Tree Yard”, a number-one bestseller which was adapted as a four-part series by the BBC. Her sixth novel, “Whatever You Love”, was nominated for the Costa Novel Award and Orange Prize for Fiction; her eighth novel, “Black Water”, was chosen by the New York Times as one of their Notable Books of the Year. Her work has been translated into 30 languages. We spoke to Louise about creative writing programmes, the vexing “chick lit” label and her extensive research process. https://www.louisedoughty.com/ https://louisedoughty.com/apple-tree-yard/ https://louisedoughty.com/whatever-you-love/ https://louisedoughty.com/black-water/ You can find us online at alwaystakenotes.com, on Twitter @takenotesalways, and on Facebook at facebook.com/alwaystakenotes. Our crowdfunding page is patreon.com/alwaystakenotes. Always Take Notes is presented by Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd, and produced by Nicola Kean. Our social media is run by Katy Lee. Our music is by Jessica Dannheisser and our logo was designed by James Edgar.


30 Jun 2020

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Louise Doughty - Shelf Isolation

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We are still somewhat locked down this week, but rather than binge watching old episodes of Keeping Up Appearances we are talking to out nearest and dearest about literary life in quarantine. This week it's the mega-selling author and critic Louise Doughty! Louise is the author of nine novels, with her most recent being Platform Seven. Her previous book, Black Water, was a New York Times Notable Book and Apple Tree Yard was adapted into a successful TV series starring Emily Watson. We talked to her about which character she'd like to be in lockdown with, Ursula Le Guin and holidaying vicariously via books.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableLouise Doughty - Platform SevenLouise Doughty - Whatever You LoveHillary Mantel - Mirror and the LightSandra Horley - Power And Control: Why Charming Men Can Make Dangerous LoversAlice Jolly - Dead Babies and Seaside TownsGavanndra Hodge - Consequences of LoveStephanie Scott - What’s Left of Me Is YoursPolly Samson - Theatre for DreamersUrsula Le Guin - Wizard of EarthseaUrsula Le Guin - Left Hand of DarknessCS Lewis - The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeCeleste Ng - Little Fires EverywhereToni Morrison - BelovedAlice Walker - The Colour PurpleRalph Ellison - Invisible ManChinua Achebe - Things Fall ApartChimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow SonLouise Doughty - Apple Tree YardLouise Doughty - Stone CradleAmanda Craig - The Golden RuleMichael Arditti - The AnointedPaul Mendez - Rainbow MilkGuinevere Glasfurd - The Year Without Summer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 May 2020

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Louise Doughty (Bonus #TheakstonAward Episode)

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Welcome to our #TheakstonAward podcast ‘lites’, a series of interviews with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year Award, Longlisted authors. Here to talk about her novel ‘Platform Seven’ is Louise Doughty, interviewed by Joe Haddow. The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award is the most wanted award in crime fiction, curated and produced by Harrogate International Festivals, in partnership with Theakston Old Peculier, The Express and WHSmiths. To find out more about each of the 18 books on the longlist, to buy your copy or to vote for your favourite to make the shortlist please visit: https://harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com/


23 May 2020

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Ghost Writing | Louise Doughty Interview

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Sunday Times bestseller Louise Doughty was a warm and entertaining author to interview for this month’s episode about her new book Platform Seven. Louise has an impressive track record: her sixth novel, Whatever You Love, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She’s probably best known for her hugely popular bestseller Apple Tree Yard which has sold over half a million copies in the UK and has been translated in thirty territories worldwide. It was adapted into a hit BBC TV series starring Emily Watson. 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, 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. As well as our featured interview with Louise Doughty, we met remotely with Ann from Fleet Library to talk about Amanda Mason’s debut novel The Wayward Girls. This is a dark and captivating novel about sisterhood and family secrets set in the 1970s at an isolated farmhouse that sisters Loo and Bee share with their artistic parents and wild siblings – and in the present day. Two paranormal investigations, separated by almost 50 years, focus on the sisters and unusual happenings at the rundown cottage. We also discussed some of April’s featured books on our BorrowBox app. Hampshire Libraries members can download eBooks and audiobooks for free using BorrowBox. You’ll find more information about BorrowBox on the Hampshire Libraries website. The featured books are all free to download immediately without having to wait for them to become available, we call them our No Wait No Fuss titles. We talked about: MacBeth by Jo Nesbo (audiobook and eBook) A thriller by the popular Norwegian writer and a modern re-telling of the Shakepeare play, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project. This project from publishers Hogarth Press commissioned modern retellings of Shakespeare plays from a group of acclaimed authors such as Jeanette Winterson, Anne Tyler, Tracy Chevalier, Margaret Atwood, and Edward St Aubyn. The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith (audiobook) In this twelfth instalment of Isabel Dalhousie’s story, McCall Smith gives his readers what they want – time inside the mind of one of fiction’s most richly developed women detectives, a visit to Edinburgh, and a twisting and tangled mystery about what responsibility humans owe to each other. Letters to My Younger Self by Jane Graham (audiobook and eBook) This collection is subtitled: The Big Issue Presents… 100 Inspiring People on the Moments that Shaped Their Lives. It’s a compilation of 100 of some of the best letters featured by The Big Issue which, 10 years ago, began to ask some of the best-known, most interesting and most successful people in entertainment, politics, food, sport and business to give advice, offer hope and share a few jokes with their younger selves. Writers include: Paul McCartney, Olivia Colman, Mo Farah, Magaret Atwood, Tracey Emin and Tim Peake. We also talked about The Last Mile by David Baldacci, our virtual book club choice for May which you can download as an eBook or audiobook. This is the second book in David Baldacci’s American crime series featuring footballer turned detective turned investigator Amos Decker. Find links to the group, Digital Readers, on the Hampshire Libraries Facebook page. Download the book, and join the conversation through our Hampshire Libraries Facebook group. Here’s the full list of No Wait No Fuss BorrowBox titles for May: Children’s and YA Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans Chosen Ones by Scarlet Thomas Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Adults The Last Mile by David Baldacci Tell me a Lie by CJ Carver Date with Death by Julia Chapman Mr Holmes by Mitch Cullin The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Letter to My Younger Self by Jane Graham The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Macbeth by Jo Nesbo The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith Thanks to Louise Doughty, Ann from Fleet Library, and our supporter BorrowBox, the library app that allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks straight to your phone or tablet. All you need is your library membership number and PIN. If you enjoyed this episode of Love Your Library, you might like our interviews with Ann Cleeves, Tracy Chevalier and Cara Hunter. The post Ghost Writing | Louise Doughty Interview appeared first on Love your library.


11 May 2020

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Evie Wyld, Louise Doughty on Ghostly Narrators, Polly Samson and Leonard Cohen's Hydra

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Mariella Frostrup talks to Evie Wyld about new novel The Bass Rock


12 Apr 2020

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Louise Doughty & Stuart Turton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two British writers of cleverly conceived and suspenseful stories, Louise Doughty and Stuart Turton, who come together to talk about their new novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle, Turton’s 2018 Costa First Novel Award-winning debut, sees its central character killed afresh daily until her would-be saviour tries to solve the riddle. Doughty, author of the hugely successful Apple Tree Yard, talks about Platform Seven, which has her protagonist trying to prevent people taking their own lives at a railway station. Their conversation is chaired by Lee Randall.


6 Nov 2019

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Louise Doughty

Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

We meet novelist, critic and broadcaster Louise Doughty. Her last book, ‘Black Water’, was one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her bestseller ‘Apple Tree Yard’ has been translated into 30 languages and adapted into a television series. ‘Platform Seven’, which has a ghost as the protagonist, is her most recent book and definitely one of this summer’s must-reads.


25 Aug 2019

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Louise Doughty, Robert Icke's The Doctor, Edinburgh Festival Highlights

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Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard, has a new novel: a thriller with a difference. Platform Seven’s narrator is dead – and she haunts the eerie half-light of Peterborough Railway Station weaving her way through the lives of the commuters and staff. The spirit of the late Lisa Evans pieces together a backstory which reveals the reality of an abusive relationship, but also offers an uplifting perspective on the dignity of the lives being lived in a place of transition. Theatre director Robert Icke discusses The Doctor, his new adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi. Juliet Stevenson plays the titular doctor, who is running a medical facility but faces searching questions about her own motives and ethics following the death of one of her patients.Often themes emerge among the work at the Edinburgh Festivals. This year lots of performers have sought to contextualise the collapse of old structures, the threat of climate change and new perspectives on gender. Joyce McMillan, columnist and critic of The Scotsman newspaper joins us to round up her must-see recommendations for the rest of the festivals. Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Oliver Jones


19 Aug 2019