Louisa Reid has spent most of her life reading. And when she’s not doing that she’s writing stories, or imagining writing them at least. An English teacher, her favourite part of the job is sharing her love of reading and writing with her pupils. Louisa lives with her family in the north-west of England and is proud to call a place near Manchester home.
Her latest novels for young people have been in verse: Gloves Off (Guppy Books, 2019) and Wrecked (Guppy Books, 2020) and she’s fallen in love with the exhilarating and exciting challenges and opportunities that writing in this form brings. Her previous two novels were published by Penguin: Black Heart Blue and Lies Like Love.
Louisa writes about things that she thinks are important to young people, and all people generally, really. Drawn to write about themes of female empowerment and personal freedom, Gloves Off is about bullying and body image, with some boxing thrown in too. Louisa hopes the novel will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to fight for self-confidence and self-belief – things which are, for many, very hard won.
Praise for Gloves Off
‘Written with feeling, honesty and conviction, this is a story about body image and self-esteem that packs a knock-out punch.’ Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week
‘Pride in your body, courage and self-belief – this is a knock-out’ i News’ Christmas 2019 best children’s and YA
‘Gloves Off is an intense, original and profoundly moving verse novel, filled with the fierce, hard joy of finding your power’ The Guardian
‘A poignant novel on body image, bullying and mental health’ The Bookseller
‘A beautiful, lyrical read. Buy it for your daughters – and your sons’ The Sun
‘Beautiful, brave and inspiring, Lil’s story will have you weeping one moment and cheering her on the next. I loved it.’ Lisa Williamson
‘Beautifully written.’ Teri Terry
‘Stunning… Gloves Off punches in the guts.’ Nicola Morgan
Wrecked is structured around a dramatic and tense court case, where the reader becomes both judge and jury in a stunning and page-turning novel of uncovering secrets and lies — who can be believed?
Praise for Wrecked
‘A profoundly moving story about truth and love’ Jenny Downham
‘Beautifully brutal and devastating’ Brian Conaghan
‘After reading Wrecked, I am the title. Ate it up in one gulp because I couldn’t look away. Tragic, compelling, real, and beautifully written.’ Teri Terry