Exclusive Christmas Short Story from Isabel Ashdown

My exclusive Christmas short story, Norwegian Fireflies, was published in last week’s Sunday Express. If you missed it and fancy a warm wintry tale set in the heart of Norway’s atmospheric forests and fjords, you can read the story here.

Ian Rankin’s In a House of Lies – November Book Giveaway

This month’s Newsletter Prize is a copy of In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, the iconic number one bestseller. I’m a big Rankin fan so I’m delighted to be sharing this stylish and compelling thriller with you – and if you don’t win, I recommend you add it to your reading list!

Every UK subscriber is automatically entered into the monthly prize draw. Simply sign up to enter by midnight 30th November. GOOD LUCK!

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Instagram Audiobook Giveaway

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, there’s a fabulous audiobook UK giveaway this week – for two CD copies of my latest thriller Lake Child. Simply follow me @isabelashdown_writer and tag a book-loving friend to enter!

More here …

Red Magazine Best Crime and Thriller Novels

“Fiendishly clever”  –
Red Magazine
Best Crime & Thriller Novels this Autumn

I’m over the moon to tell you that Lake Child has been listed in Red Magazine’s Top Ten Best Crime and Thriller Novels this autumn, alongside Ann Cleeves, Katherine Webb, Jessica Fellowes, Stephen Chbosky, Nicci French, Caroline Corcoran, Joanna Jolly, Jenny Blackhurst and Catriona McPherson.

Honoured to be in such great company!

Lake Child is currently on paperback offer at £5.75 over on Amazon UK.



Lake Child is Launched!

Lake Child is officially launched, and thanks to reader and reviewer support, it’s off to a flying start.

Already it’s been listed in Red magazine’s ‘Best Crime & Thriller Novels this Autumn’, and has been spotted in Waterstones, Tesco stores and independent booksellers across the country. Thank you to my ace agent Kate, my publishing heroes at Trapeze and everyone who cheered me on at my hometown launch in Waterstones, Chichester (hosted by the brilliant Ollie) – and to all of you out there buying, reading and sharing the book. Huge gratitude to Tracy Fenton and the Compulsive Readers, who championed a fabulous blog tour of reviews and features. My readers are the ones who really keep me writing, so big love to you! And please do keep the reviews coming in on Amazon – ratings really do help to spread the word for new books.

Here are just a few pics from the first couple of weeks since release:


Lake Child – Read the First Three Chapters Now!

Out 19th Sept 2019

To mark the one month countdown to LAKE CHILD, Trapeze & Orion Publishing have released the first three chapters on the Isabel Ashdown Books Facebook Page!

Start reading now …

I’m in the passenger seat of a stranger’s truck, on the snowy road between the forest and town, when the fox appears on the path ahead, her breath rising in the dark night, the white of her fur merging with the snow. Feet planted, eyes fixed; I know her. Beside me, the driver is a hazy figure, as indistinct as the fox is clear, a static fuzz, blurring into the snowstorm that sprays vicious slants of ice against the windscreen. There’s a slow-motion quality about the way in which the vehicle moves along the road, and I’m wondering if I’m dreaming, when, with a distant shriek of tyres, we come to an abrupt halt and all but the fox disappears from the landscape. I lean in, pressing close to the windscreen, my gaze locked with that of the animal, some ancient communication connecting us in thought … READ MORE

Writing Workshop with Isabel Ashdown, Isle of Wight

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be hosting a creative writing workshop in conjunction with Vaguely Sunny this autumn, in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, a place close to my heart. As many of my readers know, the island plays a strong role in several of my novels, and it continues to be a source of inspiration and welcome retreat.

This short workshop is for writers of any level – just come prepared to write, relax, join in and enjoy!

Spaces are limited, so if you like the look of it, book soon via Vic King on 01983 730930.

More details, including content, travel info and directions below:

Lake Child Launch Invitation

Dear Friends and Readers
You are warmly invited to join me and the Orion/Trapeze team at Waterstones in Chichester for the September launch of LAKE CHILD! Everyone is welcome – the event is free, but please book ahead as tickets go quickly. Details above. It will be a real treat to see you all for our annual book chat & wine.
Isabel x

Date: Thursday 12th September
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Waterstones, West Street, Chichester, West Sussex
Ticket Line: 01243 773030

Pre-Order Lake Child on Ebook £1.99

Good news for eBook fans … Lake Child has just dropped to a special pre-order price of £1.99 on Amazon Kindle!


If you’ve enjoyed my previous thrillers, please do spread the word with your book-loving friends!