Louise Doughty is a author, playwright, journalist and broadcaster.

Doughty has written novels, non-fiction and plays for radio. She has worked as a cultural critic for newspapers and magazines and her weekly column for The Daily Telegraph was published as A Novel in a Year in 2007. Doughty was the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme A Good Read from 1998-2001 Her novel Whatever You Love was short-listed for the Costa Book Award for fiction in 2010 and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011. Apple Tree Yard was adapted for television in 2017 with Emily Watson in the lead role. Her short story Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows was long-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Doughty is a member of the Folio Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2019 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) from the University of East Anglia. She is a regular guest on the radio arts programme Saturday Review.