‘Isabel Ashdown’s storytelling skills are formidable;
her human insights highly perceptive’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Tender and subtle … Ashdown tiptoes carefully through explosive family secrets’ – Observer
Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the salt-swept south coast of England. She is the author of three novels, Glasshopper (London Evening Standard and Observer Best Books of the Year) Hurry Up and Wait (Amazon Top Customer Reads 2011), Summer of ’76, and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition 2008, judged by Fay Weldon and the late Sir John Mortimer.
Her essay ‘Voice and the Inescapable Complexity of Experience’ was recently published in Karen Steven’s academic anthology Writing a First Novel (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Isabel is Writer in Residence at University of Brighton, and she now lives in West Sussex with her husband, a carpenter, their two children and their dogs Charlie and Leonard.
‘Ashdown is adept at portraying the bickering normalcy of ordinary family life’ – The Press Association