About Isabel

isabel-ashdown-2016-2Isabel’s writing career was first launched in 2008, when judges Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer awarded her first prize in the Mail on Sunday Novel Openings Competition, describing her work as ‘magnificent’.  The novel, Glasshopper (Myriad Editions), went on to be published and was named among the Best Books of 2009 by both the Observer and the London Evening Standard.  Since then, she has written a further five novels and her latest, Beautiful Liars, is out now with Trapeze (Orion Publishing).

She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester, where she previously studied as a mature student, gaining a first class BA in English and a masters in Creative Writing with distinction.  She has taught at the University of Brighton and West Dean College, and her essay on the subject of voice features in Writing a First Novel by Karen Stevens (Palgrave MacMillan 2014).

Isabel grew up on the south coast and now lives in West Sussex with her carpenter husband, their two children and their dogs Charlie and Leonard.  Isabel is a member of the Society of Authors.

She is represented by Kate Shaw of the Viney Shaw Agency, London.