Isabel Ashdown lives in West Sussex with her carpenter husband and two children. The middle child of an artist and an English lecturer, she was born in London in 1970 and grew up in a seaside village on the south coast of England, a place which continues to inspire much of her writing. After fifteen years working in product marketing, Ashdown made the decision to give up her job in senior management to write, enrolling for a degree in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where her late father had taught two decades earlier. Upon graduation in 2007 she was awarded the Hugo Donnelly Prize for outstanding academic achievement, going on to receive an MA with distinction in 2010. She teaches on the Creative Writing MA at the University of Brighton and was the University’s Writer in Residence 2013-14.
Her first novel Glasshopper (Observer Best Debuts of 2009, Evening Standard Best Books of the Year) was published in 2009. An extract from the novel won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition and was described by judges Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and Sir John Mortimer as ‘magnificent’. Her second novel Hurry Up and Wait was published to critical acclaim in 2011 and was listed as one of Amazon Kindle’s Customer Favourites in 2011. Myriad published her third book, Summer of ’76, in 2013 and her fourth novel, Flight, in May 2015.
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