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At the age of 26, Louise moved to Istanbul as Turkey correspondent for The Sunday Times (one of the youngest foreign correspondents ever hired by the paper) and with the following year, won young reporter of the year at the 2016 British Press Awards and the 2017 British Journalism Awards, as well as being highly commended for Foreign Reporter of the Year. After two years of reporting on the ground on the failed coup in Turkey and the sieges of Raqqa and Mosul, in 2017 she realised her current position as Middle East correspondent for The Sunday Times. This year, she was named as one of Forbes Europe 30 under 30 in media and shortlisted for Foreign Correspondent of the year in the British Journalism Awards.

Whether in Syria, Iraq or Saudi Arabia, Louise strives to draw out the counter-intuitive human stories behind the news. She has sought out secret beauty salons that operated under Isis, former fishermen working as child soldiers and bar owners selling alcohol under the gaze of Islamists. In long-form pieces published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Vogue, Wired and the Times Literary Supplement, she has investigated the changing soul of Istanbul, the horrors of the war with Isis and hiked in the northern Swedish mountains with a former mass murderer.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Louise worked as a model, a cod liver oil salesperson and a translator. She graduated in 2012 from London’s School of Oriental and African studies.

Her first book Father of Lions is forthcoming from Head of Zeus (UK) and Macmillan (US) in September 2019