Isabelle Anscombe is the non-fiction writing name of novelist and screenwriter Isabelle Grey.
I began writing my first book with the distinguished historian of taste, Charlotte Gere, while working as PA to Michael Whiteway, a London antiques dealer specialising in the Gothic Revival and the Arts & Crafts Movement. l went on to write further books on the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century decorative arts while also contributing a wide range of articles, reviews and features to broadsheet daily and Sunday newspapers and monthly magazines, and writing essays for exhibition catalogues for galleries in London and New York.
At the same time, wanting to follow in the footsteps of my writer heroes, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, I wrote 'Not Another Punk Book': the American edition appears below. And, believe it or not, the early articles I wrote on decorative arts for 'The Times' were pretty radical, as I was publishing interviews with living Modernist designers at a time when 'The Times' decreed that the cut-off point for "antiques" stopped at 1830.
My books and journalism allowed me to interview many fascinating people, and it was a particular privilege to interview some of the leading women designers of the twentieth century featured in 'A Woman's Touch.'
The photograph here is of my very much younger self interviewing Angelica Garnett in Duncan Grant's studio at Charleston, Sussex.