‘My Life in Books’ by Isabel Ashdown

Colour Coded ShelfieThis month I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to book blogger extraordinaire, Anne Cater, about the books that have shaped my reading life.

Read more about my choices here, from Roald Dahl to Raymond Carver, from Adrian Mole to Catherine Dollanganger …

New Isabel Ashdown novel announced for 2017

Trapeze logo #2We are delighted to reveal news of the forthcoming novel from Isabel Ashdown, recently announced in a two-book deal with Trapeze, the exciting new imprint from The Orion Publishing Group.

Sam Eades, senior commissioning editor at Orion said of the acquisition: ‘The complex relationship between sisters continues to fascinate readers, from Rosamund Lupton’s Sister to SK Tremayne’s The Ice Twins. A sister can be our closest friend, and also our deadliest enemy. What is so clever about Little Sister is that Isabel Ashdown offers something fresh and distinctive. She pairs an unforgettable premise with two intriguing narrative voices that will have readers hooked from the very first page. I’m delighted to have signed Isabel Ashdown to new imprint Trapeze, and she has lots of in-house fans who can’t wait to see what she will write next!’

Sam Eades, Isabel Ashdown and Kate Shaw

To read the full article, including comments from Isabel and her agent Kate Shaw, click here.

For all enquiries regarding foreign rights, interviews and review copies please email Sam Eades:

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BBC Radio 4 Open Book – Heatwaves in Fiction

BBC Radio 4 Open Book

SUMMER OF '76 by Isabel Ashdown, COVER, April 2013This week Isabel has been up chatting with Mariella Frostrup and author Joanna Cannon on the subject of heatwaves in fiction – with a particular emphasis on the summer of 1976, the year in focus in both Isabel’s Summer of ’76 and Joanna’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.  If you missed the first broadcast, you can listen again here (where their feature starts approx 9 mins in).

Thanks for listening!

OUT TODAY: a new winter story from Isabel Ashdown …

Myriad are delighted to announce the release of an ebook-exclusive short story from Isabel Ashdown.

A Quiet Winter by Isabel Ashdown
£1.00 from Amazon Kindle

Inspired by the characters and events of her novel Hurry Up and Wait, ‘A Quiet Winter’ is a short story to savour by the fireside – and a treat for any readers impatient for Isabel’s next fiction offering!

Two years after her father’s death, Sarah Ribbons prepares to spend the festive season on her own in his crumbling old cottage. It’s not the idea of being alone that bothers her – she’s determined not to be a burden on well-meaning friends who try to coax her into joining them for Christmas – in fact, Sarah thinks she has life as she likes it: firmly under control.  But when an unexpected email raises the ghosts of a distant past, she finds herself questioning this way of life – and discovers friendship in the least likely of places.

This story is available on Amazon Kindle. It can also be read on your PC, tablets and smartphones via other ebook stores or by downloading the free Kindle app on your device.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, from Isabel and everyone at Myriad

ps several of Isabel’s books are in the 99p Kindle Deal this week – offer ends on Friday 4th December!

Petworth Christmas Fair

Leconfield HallThis November you can find Isabel along with fellow authors Jane Rusbridge and Gabrielle Kimm at Petworth’s historic Leconfield Hall for the Christmas Gift Fair.

The fair brings together a wide range of Christmas gift sellers, and the three Sussex authors will be there to chat with readers, sign books – and in true festive spirit, they’ll even gift wrap them for you!

Date: Saturday 28th November
Venue: Leconfield Hall, Petworth
Time: 10am-4pm
Free to enter

A Rather Literary Supper Club at The Spread Eagle, Midhurst

The Spread Eagle Supper Club

This November Isabel will be The Spread Eagle’s guest of honour at ‘A Rather Literary Supper Club’ in Midhurst.  The book club, which celebrates Sussex authors past and present, includes a delicious supper and is held in the hotel’s King Edward VII suite.  Isabel will be joined by her fiction editor Vicky Blunden, from UK publisher Myriad Editions.  Everyone welcome – booking details below:

Date: Thursday 12th November
Venue: The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst
Tickets: £28, to include 2-course supper and wine
For full details and how to book, please follow this link.

Flight into Fiction at Jersey Opera House

Jersey Festival of Words 2015

‘First Flight into Fiction’ at the 1st Jersey Festival of Words
Have you ever wondered how authors get ‘discovered’ and published?  In this talk of two halves Gwyn Garfield Bennett chats with writer Isabel Ashdown about her latest novel Flight, and literary agent Kate Shaw to uncover some of the secrets of the illusive publishing industry.  Aspiring writers should bring a notebook – and plenty of questions!

Date: Thursday 1st October, 5.15-6.45pm
Venue: Jersey Opera House
Tickets: £8
For full details and how to book, please follow this link.