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Louise studied Drama at The University of East Anglia, became a Drama teacher, then returned to UEA to do an MA in Creative Writing, and went on to publish two novels with Headline Review, The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls. After that she wrote a PhD and started a family and published essays, poetry and short stories as well as a book on time management for her students. Her poetry credits include Perverse, The RialtoUnder the RadarShearsman and the Telltale Press Anthology Truths. A couple of years ago she left her full-time job as a Creative Writing lecturer to focus on her fiction writing. Her first short story collection, Unusual Places, came out with a small press called Cultured Llama in 2018. Louise lives in Hove, near Brighton on the south coast of England, with her wife, their son, and two black cats.

‘The Water’s Edge is full of surprises…the quirkiness and quiet beauty of its characters…make this an unusual debut’ The Big Issue

‘Reminiscent of Angela Carter’ The Times

‘Tondeur’s brand of homespun gothic and seaside camp is a memorable one… tender and eccentric’ The Independent

‘She manages an intriguing blend of nostalgia and knowingness, reminiscent of Todd Haynes’s film, Far From Heaven’ TLS

‘Hers is a voice with real energy’ Time Out

‘Tondeur breezes through her tale with nonchalant grace… this will transfix you’ Elle