About Isabel

Isabel Ashdown is the author of seven novels, including bestselling thrillers Little Sister and Beautiful Liars. Her latest novel, Lake Child, is out now.

Isabel’s writing career first took off after she studied as a mature student at the University of Chichester, from where she graduated with a first class degree in English, and a Masters in Creative Writing with distinction. This ‘late bloomer’ return to education confirmed to her what she long suspected: all she really wanted to do was write. While still studying, an extract of her debut novel Glasshopper won a national writing competition judged by Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer and the published book was twice named among the Best Books of the 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.

Having taught creative writing at various festivals and institutions across the country, Isabel was a recent Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester, where she worked with individual students to help them make their writing the best it could be. Her work with the Royal Literary Fund continues, as she now leads a community ‘Reading Round’, a group aimed at bringing readers together for the sheer pleasure of the written word. Her essay on the subject of voice features in Writing a First Novel by Karen Stevens (Palgrave MacMillan 2014).

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.

She is represented by Kate Shaw of The Shaw Agency, London.