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ISABEL ASHDOWN

Picture credit: Alice Croucher

Picture credit: Alice Croucher

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"Kate's straight-talking, intelligent and great fun to work with."

 

Isabel Ashdown was born in London in 1970 and grew up in a seaside village on the south coast of England. From an early age she developed a deep connection with the sea and a fascination with other people’s lives, which is reflected in the books she writes. 

Her writing career took off after she won first prize in a national competition judged by Fay Weldon, the late Sir John Mortimer and thriller writer Michael Ridpath. The finished novel Glasshopper was released to critical acclaim and twice named as one of the best books of the year. Today, Isabel writes full-time alongside her work for the Royal Literary Fund, as well as teaching creative writing at various festivals and retreats.

After four novels published by Myriad Editions, Isabel’s writing took a new direction and her intelligent and gripping psychological thrillers found a home at Trapeze, are published by Kensington Books in the States and translated into several languages.


isabel’S BOOKS

Lake Child, Trapeze, 2019; Beautiful Liars, Trapeze, 2018; Little Sister, Trapeze, 2017; Flight, Myriad Editions, 2015; Summer of ’76, Myriad Editions, 2013; Hurry Up and Wait, Myriad Editions, 2011; Glasshopper, Myriad Editions 2009.

 
 

REVIEWERS

“Had me gripped throughout.”

Ian Rankin

“A dark, unrelenting…thrill ride.”

Publishers Weekly

“Ashdown’s storytelling skills are formidable.”

The Mail on Sunday

 

Latest Book

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THE WRITERs WHO MOST INSPIRED ISABEL

Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff and Mary Lawson for beautiful prose and human insight; John Irving, Virginia Andrews and Stephen King for masterful storytelling; Bill Bryson for warmth and wit; Ian McEwan for The Cement Garden.  I’m also inspired by movies and drama, where incredible writers are at work behind the scenes.


ISABEL ABOUT FINDING HER AGENT

My advice to anyone searching for an agent is this: look for someone who loves your writing, who talks your language, and who tells you straight while supporting you all the way. Oh, and you’ll want them to have a robust sense of humour too … I consider myself to be very fortunate, because I have all these things in Kate.


ISABEL ABOUT KATE

Kate's one of the best - she's straight-talking, intelligent and great fun to work with. My writing career has gone from strength to strength since meeting her.


KATE ABOUT ISABEL 

Isabel’s writing abilities are astonishingly accomplished and versatile, but what astounds me even more is her utter professionalism.  She is a complete pleasure to work with and represent.