Louise Candlish

Interviewed 14 March 2020

Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish finds it convenient to call herself a northerner (born in the northeast to Geordie parents), a Midlander (grew up in Northampton) and a Londoner (resident for 33 years), according to who she’s talking to and why. She has done enough awful and crazy jobs (running a rollercoaster ride dressed as an astronaut; teaching tennis with a sponge ball) to appreciate the writing gig as the best in the world.

She has a chequered past – juvenile delinquent, party animal, compulsive giggler, including one outburst, on stage, during a sixth-form performance of Blithe Spirit – but now, in middle age, relishes being a grown-up. Fervently anti-anti-ageing, she can’t bear to see actresses do stuff to their skin that makes them look like they’ve been carved out of soap.

Louise uses a CBT technique to combat the terrors of the current political climate by imagining Roger Federer as president of the world. She has not missed an episode of The Archers in 16 years.

Books by Louise Candlish

Those People

All the neighbours are happy on their safe, secure suburban street in an up-and-coming area of London, until new neighbours move in who definitely don’t fit the mould.

Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by John Barnbrook

Our House

Finding strangers moving into her house who claim to have bought it is only the start of Fi Barton’s nightmare …

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Linda Wilson