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Isabel Ashdown (born 30 August 1970 in London) is a British writer of contemporary fiction. She is the author of three novels. After giving up a career in marketing, she studied English & Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, UK, where she was awarded The Hugo Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement and completed her MA with distinction. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton.
An extract from her debut novel Glasshopper won The Mail on Sunday Novel Competition judged by Fay Weldon and the late Sir John Mortimer, going on to be named as one of the best books of 2009 in the Observer and London Evening Standard. Her second novel Hurry Up and Wait was released in 2011, followed by her latest Summer of '76 in 2013.
Isabel Ashdown is represented by The Viney Agency.
Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up in East Wittering on the south coast of England. She is the author of three novels, and winner of The Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. Her essay Voice and the Inescapable Complexity of Experience was recently published in Karen Steven's academic anthology Writing a First Novel (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).
Isabel Ashdown is adept at portraying the bickering normalcy of ordinary family life. The Press Association
A disturbing, thought-provoking tale of family dysfunction, spanning the second half of the 20th century, that guarantees laughter at the uncomfortable familiarity of it all. London Evening Standard Best Books of 2009
Ashdown’s Glasshopper was one of our favourite books of 2009, and her second novel is another mix of compelling characters and 1980s nostalgia. Bella Magazine
Carefully observed, unexpected and mesmerisingly beautiful. Easy Living
Glasshopper is skilfully written and hard to put down. A page-turningly good read . . . a perceptive insight into alcohol’s hidden harm. Drink & Drugs Review
- Isabel Ashdown's Official Website
- Literary Agent: Kate Shaw at the Viney Agency
- UK Paperback & Ebook Publisher: Myriad Editions
- German Hardback Publisher of Sunday Girl and Am Ende Eines Sommers: Bastei Lubbe
- German Paperback Publisher of Am Ende Eines Sommers: Rowhohlt Bucher
- Isabel Ashdown on Goodreads
Articles & Features
- Isabel Ashdown in the Guardian
- Isabel Ashdown: My Saturday Job, in the Guardian
- Isabel Ashdown: The Thrill of the Taboo, in We Love This Book
- Isabel Ashdown: My Christmas Picks, in We Love This Book
- Isabel Ashdown: on Writing Competitions, in PhD to Published
- Isabel Ashdown: Hidden Treasures in my Local Library
- Isabel Ashdown in Essentials Magazine
- Isabel Ashdown: My Writing Day, in Writing Magazine
- Nicolson, Juliet. "The best books of the year". Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- Stevens, Karen. Writing a First Novel. Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, p.x.
- http://www.myriadeditions.com/Isabel-Ashdown 27/02/2014
- http://www.thevineyagency.com/author_isabelashdown 27/02/2014
- http://isabelashdown.com/ Official website, homepage, 27/02/2014
- The Press Association, 08/08/2013, http://www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk/what-s-on/perfect-for-beach-reading-1-5919764
- Mail on Sunday, September 2009, p9
- We Love This Book, 04/07/2013, http://www.welovethisbook.com/reviews/summer-76
- Waterstones Books Quarterly, Summer 2009, p93
- Observer Review, October 2009
- London Evening Standard, October 2009
- Bella magazine, September 2009, p57
- Sainsbury magazine, November 2009, p23
- Glamour magazine, November 2009, p214
- Easy Living, November 2009, p16
- Drink & Drugs Review, 07/09/2009, p16, http://drinkanddrugsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DDN070909.pdf