Louis and Louise

Julie Cohen

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'It's BRILLIANT. Such a clever, entertaining way to demonstrate how gender predetermines a life. I enjoyed it hugely' Marian Keyes

* 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 *



Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final 'e'.

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



'Julie Cohen has created something really special . . . full of raw emotion . . . and a heartfelt message which declares that regardless of gender, what really matters to humans most is love' Stylist

'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, author of MISS YOU

'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

'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 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

'A modern take told with heart' Grazia

'A nuanced exploration of how the social expectations of gender can push us down certain paths' The i

'The premise here is radical, but worth the effort... this elegantly written novel also examines much that is universal Daily Mail


A perfect bookclub read for anyone who has enjoyed Celeste Ng, Kate Atkinson and Anne Tyler.

ISBN: 9781409179832
Publication Date: 29-Jan-2019
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited