Writing as Maggie Harcourt

In addition to working under her own name, Lou writes contemporary YA novels as Maggie Harcourt, all published by Usborne Books.

You can follow her on Twitter as @maggieharcourt and on Instagram as maggieharcourt.

The Pieces of Ourselves


Flora “doesn’t do people”, not since the Incident that led to her leaving school midway through her GCSEs. The Incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. The Incident that left her in pieces.

Until Hal arrives. He’s researching a story about a missing World War I soldier, and he wants Flora’s help. Flora used to love history before the Incident, but spending so much time with Hal is her worst nightmare.

Yet as they begin to piece together the life of the missing soldier, a life of lost love, secrets and lies, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal.


“Harcourt treats mental illness with sensitivity, careful to offer hope for her readers while also being realistic about the still-pervasive stigma.” – THE IRISH TIMES



THEATRICAL (June 2018)

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume-designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool…and her secret.


“… the true love at the heart of this book is for the magic of theatre, which Harcourt captures magnificently.” – THE STAGE



UNCONVENTIONAL (February 2017)

Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.

In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love…

After all, everyone’s a fan of someone…


A gorgeous, one of a kind novel, perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell.

–Maximum Pop!
Unconventional is the swooniest swoonfest.

–Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter

A fresh comic romance set on the convention circuit, with lots of fun nods to the UKYA scene.

–The Bookseller

Romantic, unashamedly geeky, smart and funny.

– Miranda Dickinson, Sunday Times Bestselling author

The UK’s answer to Rainbow Rowell.

–Lucy the Reader

The ultimate love story for the age of the fandom… It will leave you breathless.

–Meredith Russo, author of If I Was Your Girl

Maggie Harcourt has captured my heart with Lexi & Aidan’s love story.

–Lauren James, author of The Next Together


The Last Summer of Us


Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can’t escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship – perhaps forever.

Set in west Wales at the end of a scorching summer, it’s the story of three friends in a battered old car, all of whom have something on their minds…

The Last Summer of Us was nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal.


“The Welsh setting is superbly realised… a compelling read” – Irish Examiner

“raw, honest, identifiable” – Manchester Evening News

“A perfect summer read… Harcourt brilliantly captures the feeling of being sixteen and on the edge of the rest of your life” – The Bookseller