Trapeze Snaps Up ‘Jawdropping’ Thriller from Ashdown

I’m over the moon to share the news that I’ll be working on two new thrillers with the team at Trapeze and Orion Publishing – the first being LAKE CHILD, described by editorial director Sam Eades as ‘Flowers in the Attic meets BBC’s The Missing‘.  Sam went on to say:

“Working with Isabel Ashdown has been a dream come true and I’m thrilled our partnership will continue. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but she is a huge supporter of other authors and has been with Trapeze since launch.  Lake Child is a gripping and claustrophobic family drama, set in a stunning remote location and filled with Isabel’s trademark jawdropping twists and turns.”

I couldn’t be happier to be continuing my writing career with the Orion family, as I told The Bookseller: “Characters – and relationships – are at the heart of my writing inspirations, and together with my agent Kate Shaw, Sam has championed my desire to keep pushing the boundaries of this fascination.”  Read the full article here.

Warmest thanks to my wonderful agent Kate and my awesome editor Sam, and to everyone who has supported me along the way – publishers old and new, readers, colleagues, family and friends – your encouragement has made all the difference.

Lake Child will be released in 2019 (Trapeze).

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: Sam.Eades@orionbooks.co.uk

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‘Hot Deal for Myriad’ – Publishing News from The Bookseller, October 2012

22nd October 2012

Myriad has signed a third novel by Isabel Ashdown, the author of Glasshopper, the winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel competition, and Hurry Up and Wait.

Editor Vicky Blunden acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in Summer of ’76 from Kate Shaw at The Viney Agency.

Blunden said: “we are delighted to continue to publish Isabel Ashdown with all the enthusiasm, dedication and care we always have”.

Shaw said: “I am thrilled Vicky, Candida and the team at Myriad are publishing Isabel’s brilliantly insightful and touching novel. I am old enough to remember the summer of 1976 and am hoping publication of this novel next summer will coincide with another heatwave!”

The title, described as a “moving tale of family meltdown during the heatwave of 1976” will be published in trade paperback in July 2013.