In June 2006 he was signed to a two-book deal by Random House. His first book, The Night Climbers a novel about a secret society in Cambridge and a group of friends who get involved in art fraud, was published on 4 June 2007, and is partly based on the infamous student practice of "night climbing". The Night Climbers was published in the United States by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 7 September 2007.
His second novel, The Book Lover's Tale, was published in June 2011. His third, The Happier Dead, was published in 2014.
The eldest child of Edward Stourton and his first wife, Margaret (née McEwen), Ivo attended Eton College and was a member of the Eton Society alongside Prince William and actor Eddie Redmayne. He graduated with a double first in English from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His younger brother Tom also attended Eton and is a comedian.
- Stourton, Ivo (2007). The Night Climbers. London: Doubleday. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 725 libraries, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Russian.
- Stourton, Ivo (2011). The Book Lover's Tale. London: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-61156-0. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 217 libraries 
- Stourton, Ivo (2011). The Happier Dead Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2014. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 112 libraries 
- "Stourton, Ivo 1982- --" in Contemporary authors. (Gale) : Volume 276 Available in Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Stourton, Ivo (2011). The Book Lover's Tale. London: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-61156-0.
- "Prince William with the Birdsong heart-throb and fellow Eton prefects... and some VERY wacky waistcoats". Daily Mail. 4 February 2012.
- "Two old Etonians taking over". London Evening Standard. 1 August 2011.
- "Acquisition of the PBSJ Corporation". Slaughter & May. 5 August 2010.
- WorldCat author entry
- Review of The Night Climbers - "That difficult first novel". The Observer. 25 March 2007.