Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown MASTER cover
Myriad Editions, 2009

13-year-old Jake’s world is unravelling as his father leaves home, and his mother plunges into alcoholic freefall.

When his parents reconcile, life finally seems to be looking up. A family holiday, announced over scampi and chips in the Royal Oak, promises to be the icing on the cake – until long-unspoken secrets begin to surface.  Vividly bringing to life the gentility of a 1950s childhood, the free-spirited hedonism of the Sixties, and the urban domesticity of 1980s Portsmouth, this is an intimate, lyrical and deeply moving portrait of a family crumbling under the weight of past mistakes.

An extract from Glasshopper won the 2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Competition (Fay Weldon and Sir John Mortimer).

‘A disturbing, thought-provoking tale of family dysfunction that guarantees laughter at the uncomfortable familiarity of it all’ – Juliet Nicolson, London Evening Standard Best Books of Year

‘Intelligent, understated and sensitive’ – Observer Best Debuts of the Year

‘An incredibly powerful, intense book – very, very real’ – Simon Mayo Book Club, Radio 5 Live

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