Isabel Ashdown

Novelist
University of Chichester

Isabel Ashdown is the author of five novels, most recently psychological thriller Little Sister (Orion/Trapeze, 2017). In writing – and reading – she has a particular interest in the dynamics of family and relationships, and this is reflected in the novels she writes. Her writing career was first launched when she won the Mail on Sunday novel competition in 2008, with judges Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer describing her work as ‘magnificent.’ The following year the novel was published as Glasshopper (Myriad, 2009) and was named as one of the best books of the year in the Observer Review and London Evening Standard.

In 2014 Isabel was writer in residence at the University of Brighton, where she has taught on their MA in creative writing. Her essay on the subject of voice features in Writing a First Novel by Karen Stevens (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), and she regularly appears at schools, colleges and festivals to run workshops, mentor students and talk about the craft and process of creative writing.

Previously, Isabel spent sixteen years in product marketing, before giving up her management role to attend university as a late bloomer, gaining a First Class BA in English and a Masters in creative writing with distinction. Today, she writes full-time, walks daily, and volunteers in a local school for the charity Pets as Therapy. She lives in Sussex with her carpenter husband, their two children and dogs Charlie and Leonard. Isabel is a member of the Society of Authors.

Isabel Ashdown
Image credit: Roy J. Baron

Fellowships

University of Chichester 2017-19