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The Two Lives of Louis & Louise

The emotional new novel from the Richard and Judy bestselling author of 'Together'
320 pages
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Cover Text'It's BRILLIANT. I enjoyed it hugely' Marian Keyes
Two people.
Two lives.
One chance to see the same world differently.
Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. One was born female, and one male.
They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.
Thirteen years later, they are both coming home . . .
A tender, insightful and timely novel about the things that bring us together - and those which separate us, from the author of Richard & Judy recommended book Together
'Not often does a story remind us of what beautifully complex creatures we are. Julie Cohen has given us that rare gift' Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
'Louis and Louise is Julie Cohen at her absolute best. So cleverly done and authentic, and you feel as if you live in the town with the characters and have been in the story with them.' A J Pearce
'Louis & Louise is moving and beautiful, but it will also make you wonder and question, and it will stretch out your thinking so very beautifully' Joanna Cannon
'Elegant, thoughtful and powerful' Daisy Buchanan
'Fierce, intricate and intriguing' Fanny Blake
'Hugely original and heartbreakingly real' Rosie Walsh
'A timely read that will stay with you long after you put it down' Libby Page
'What a brave, warm and wise book this is. I loved it' Tamar Cohen
'Beautifully written and thought-provoking' Kate Eberlen
'A cobweb of a book: beautifully intricate and delicate' Veronica Henry
'Wow. What a beautiful, ballsy and brilliant book' Sinead Moriarty
'A beautifully written, heartbreaking and important novel about gender, self, family and, ultimately, love' Claire Frost, reviewer
'A powerful and memorable story of small town secrets, family dynamics and the sense that some things are just meant to be' Sunday Express
'Emotional and seriously powerful' Fabulous
'An engaging, moving novel, at its most arresting in the pivotal scenes when she explores the personal fallout of industrial and class conflict in Louis/Louise's beleaguered hometown' Sunday Times
'A modern take told with heart' Grazia
'The premise here is radical, but worth the effort... this elegantly written novel also examines much that is universal' Daily Mail
Fabulous pick for 2019's Best Books
Woman & Home Pick of the Month
Good Housekeeping Book of the Month
Emerald Street January's Best Books
Stylist 2019's Hottest Books
THE POOL Recommended Books 2019
Additional textExploring two alternate realities - one in which the Alders have a son, the other a daughter - the Sliding Doors-style scenarios of growing up male or female in a small US town make for an intriguing looks at gender and destiny.
Product TypePaperback
FormatB-format paperback
Publishing year2019
Publishing date15/09/2019
Pages320 pages
SizeWidth 128 mm, Height 197 mm, Thickness 22 mm
Weight226 g
Article no.38938541


PrefaceA moving and thought-provoking novel from literary rising star Julie Cohen, a Richard & Judy recommended author, about one life, lived twice. How different can it be?
CritiqueCohen has written an engaging, moving novel, at its most arresting in the pivotal scenes when she explores the personal fallout of industrial and class conflict in Louis/Louise's beleaguered hometown. SUNDAY TIMES 20190120


Julie Cohen grew up in the western mountains of Maine. Her house was just up the hill from the library and she spent many hours walking back and forth, her nose in a book. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Cambridge University and is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing, including classes for The Guardian and Literature Wales. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and have sold nearly a million copies; DEAR THING was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Julie lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and a terrier of dubious origin.
You can find Julie on Twitter: @julie_cohen or you can visit her website: