This May, I’m thrilled to be Author of the Month at Cowes based Medina Books on the Isle of Wight!
This independent bookshop is a favourite of mine, combining a passion for reading and writing with buckets of Wight spirit. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the island, with three of my novels set there, and several more created on writing retreats and family holidays there over the years.
In this interview, Krissy from Medina asks me to share my latest literary discoveries, my top book nooks, and my strangest lockdown habits …click here to read more.
ps Medina Books have an ace mail order service, so I’ll just pop links to my island titles below and leave you to browse … Happy reading!
Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited.
With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart. Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?
Summer of ’76 by Isabel Ashdown
It’s the start of one of the hottest summers on record with soaring temperatures and weeks without rain; the summer of Abba, T-Rex, Bowie and Roussos; of Martinis, cheesecake and chicken chasseur; of the Montreal Olympics and the Notting Hill riots – the summer Big Ben stopped dead. For 18-year-old Luke Wolff life is looking good, until temperatures rise, and with windows and doors constantly open, long-buried secrets bubble over. Soon the community is gripped by scandal, and everything Luke thought he knew about family and trust is turned on its head.
Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown
Portsmouth, 1984. Thirteen-year-old Jake’s world is unravelling as his father and older brother leave home, and his mother, Mary, plunges into alcoholic freefall. When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. Their first family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake – until long-unspoken family secrets begin to surface. Locations include 1950s Brighton, 1980s Portsmouth, the Dordogne, and the Isle of Wight where Jake holidays with his cousins in the West of the island.