Louisa Reid has spent most of her life reading. And when she’s not doing that she’s writing stories, or imagining them at least. Her previous two novels were published by Penguin: Black Heart Blue and Lies Like Love.
In her other job, as an English teacher, she loves talking about and sharing the excitement of reading and writing with young people. Louisa lives with her family in the north-west of England, where she grew up, after many years living in Cambridge, London and abroad.
Her latest book Gloves Off, is a novel in verse; writing in this form has been an exhilarating and exciting challenge. Gloves Off was published by the newly launched Guppy Books in September 2019.
Louisa writes about things that she thinks are important to young people, and people generally, really. Gloves Off is about bullying and body image with a little bit of boxing thrown in too: inspired to tackle themes of female empowerment, Louisa hopes the novel will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to fight for self-confidence and self-belief.