Reviews

SUMMER OF '76 Final Cover, 22 April 2013Praise for Summer of ’76

‘A fabulous coming-of-age novel that’s saturated in ’70s nostalgia’ – Glamour magazine

‘Ashdown handles big themes and period details with heart’ – The Simple Things magazine

‘Isabel Ashdown is adept at portraying the bickering normalcy of ordinary family life … [she] effortlessly transports you back to the seventies – a world of Abba, flares, punk and David Bowie’ – The Press Association

‘Summer of ’76 did not disappoint.  Evocative of that hot, dry summer … book groups will have a lot to discuss’ – New Books Magazine

‘Loyalty, fidelity and friendship are all called to account as the sweltering summer heat opens doors and windows to reveal the troubled interiors of seemingly happy and carefree lives’ – Paul Armfield, Waterstones

‘Incredibly perceptive … just when you think you know what is going to happen, Ashdown subverts your expectations’ – We Love This Book

‘Ashdown always manages to capture a real sense of Britain’s past without resorting to rose-tinted glasses’ – Bella magazine

‘Ashdown has her finger on the pulse of adolescent/adult relationships’The Book Bag

‘Considers the nature of family itself … a fabulous read’ – Helen M Hunt for Fiction is Stranger than Fact

‘Ashdown’s writing has transported me away from our awful summer weather’Jera’s Jamboree

‘Perfect reading for the long, hot summer that might just be on the way…’ Fleur in Her World

‘I found it almost impossible to put the book down … This was an incredibly satisfying read and one that I am happy to recommend, whatever the weather’ – Kathryn Eastman for Nut Press

‘This is a first-class novel, excellent writing and fabulous characters. I’d recommend it to anyone’Random Things through my Letterbox