This week Isabel has been up chatting with Mariella Frostrup and author Joanna Cannon on the subject of heatwaves in fiction – with a particular emphasis on the summer of 1976, the year in focus in both Isabel’s Summer of ’76 and Joanna’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. If you missed the first broadcast, you can listen again here (where their feature starts approx 9 mins in).
Myriad are delighted to announce the release of an ebook-exclusive short story from Isabel Ashdown.
Inspired by the characters and events of her novel Hurry Up and Wait, ‘A Quiet Winter’ is a short story to savour by the fireside – and a treat for any readers impatient for Isabel’s next fiction offering!
Two years after her father’s death, Sarah Ribbons prepares to spend the festive season on her own in his crumbling old cottage. It’s not the idea of being alone that bothers her – she’s determined not to be a burden on well-meaning friends who try to coax her into joining them for Christmas – in fact, Sarah thinks she has life as she likes it: firmly under control. But when an unexpected email raises the ghosts of a distant past, she finds herself questioning this way of life – and discovers friendship in the least likely of places.
This story is available on Amazon Kindle. It can also be read on your PC, tablets and smartphonesvia other ebook storesor by downloading the free Kindle app on your device.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, from Isabel and everyone at Myriad
ps several of Isabel’s books are in the 99p Kindle Deal this week – offer ends on Friday 4th December!
This November you can find Isabel along with fellow authors Jane Rusbridge and Gabrielle Kimm at Petworth’s historic Leconfield Hall for the Christmas Gift Fair.
The fair brings together a wide range of Christmas gift sellers, and the three Sussex authors will be there to chat with readers, sign books – and in true festive spirit, they’ll even gift wrap them for you!
Date: Saturday 28th November Venue: Leconfield Hall, Petworth Time: 10am-4pm Free to enter
This November Isabel will be The Spread Eagle’s guest of honour at ‘A Rather Literary Supper Club’ in Midhurst. The book club, which celebrates Sussex authors past and present, includes a delicious supper and is held in the hotel’s King Edward VII suite. Isabel will be joined by her fiction editor Vicky Blunden, from UK publisher Myriad Editions. Everyone welcome – booking details below:
‘First Flight into Fiction’ at the 1st Jersey Festival of Words Have you ever wondered how authors get ‘discovered’ and published? In this talk of two halves Gwyn Garfield Bennett chats with writer Isabel Ashdown about her latest novel Flight, and literary agent Kate Shaw to uncover some of the secrets of the illusive publishing industry. Aspiring writers should bring a notebook – and plenty of questions!