About Isabel

Isabel Ashdown is the author of eight novels, including bestselling thriller Little Sister and her latest, the critically acclaimed 33 Women.

Isabel’s writing career first took off after an extract of her debut novel Glasshopper won a national writing competition judged by Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer, with the published book being twice named among the Best Books of that Year. More recently, her thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars have been Amazon bestsellers, going on to be shortlisted in the Dead Good Reader Awards 2018 and 2019. 33 Women is her latest, an Amazon bestseller within weeks of release.

As well as a stint as Writer in Residence at Brighton University, and teaching/speaking appearances at book festivals and events across the country, Isabel has worked with the Royal Literary Fund for a number of years – both as a university fellow, and more recently as a ‘Reading Round’ lector, leading a community group dedicated to the pleasure of the written word. In 2014, her essay on the subject of voice featured in Writing a First Novel by Karen Stevens (Palgrave MacMillan), alongside writers such as Lionel Shriver, Hanif Kureishi, Alison MacLeod and David Vann.

Isabel was born in London, grew up on the south coast and now lives in West Sussex with her family. She is a member of the Society of Authors and is represented by Kate Shaw of The Shaw Agency, London.


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