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 (London Evening Standard and Observer Best Books of the Year) Hurry Up and Wait (Amazon Top Customer Reads 2011), Summer of '76 (2013), and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition 2008, judged by Fay Weldon and the late Sir John Mortimer.
Isabel is Writer in Residence at University of Brighton and she now lives in West Sussex with her husband, a carpenter, their two children and dogs. She is published in the UK by Myriad Editions, in Germany by Rowohlt, and is represented by Kate Shaw of the Viney Literary Agency, London.
You can visit her website at www.isabelashdown.com or like her pages on Goodreads or Facebook.
"Tender and subtle ... Ashdown tiptoes carefully through explosive family secrets" - Observer