In her eargerly anticipated second novel, Mail on Sunday Novel Competition winner Isabel Ashdown explored the treacherous territory of adolescent friendships and traces the repercussions of a dangerous relationship across the decades. It's been more than 20 years since Sarah Ribbons last set foot inside her old high school, a crumbling, Victorian-built comprehensive on the south coast of England. Now, as she prepares for her school reunion, 39-year-old Sarah has to face up to the truth of what really happened back in the summer of 1986...
"Ashdown's storytelling skills are formidable; her human insights highly perceptive" - Mail on Sunday
"Funny, insightful and often tragic" - New Books Magazine
Isabel Ashdown was born in London in 1970 and grew up on the south coast of England. She is the author of three novels - Glasshopper, Hurry Up and Wait, and Summer of '76 - and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition 2008, judged by Fay Weldon and the late Sir John Mortimer. Her latest book, Flight, will be released in May 2015 (Myriad Editions).
Isabel is Writer in Residence at University of Brighton and she now lives in West Sussex with her carpenter husband, their two children and dogs. She is represented by Kate Shaw of the Viney Literary Agency, London.
You can find out more at www.isabelashdown.com or follow her on twitter or Facebook.
"Tender and subtle ... Ashdown tiptoes carefully through explosive family secrets" - Observer