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Isabel Ashdown“Ashdown’s storytelling skills are formidable; her human insights highly perceptive.”The Mail on Sunday.

Isabel Ashdown was born in London in 1970 and grew up in a seaside village on the south coast of England.  Her father was an English lecturer and her mother a teacher and artist, and from an early age she developed a passion for books and a deep connection with the sea.  She now lives in West Sussex with her family, just a few miles from the water’s edge.

After fifteen years working in marketing, Isabel gave up her career to study English & Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, where she was awarded The Hugo Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement and graduated from the MA with distinction.  In 2008 an extract from her debut novel Glasshopper won the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition.  The prize was judged by Fay Weldon, Michael Ridpath and the late Sir John Mortimer who described her winning entry as “magnificent … made every word work and left the reader anxious to read on.”

In 2009 Glasshopper (Myriad Editions) was published to much critical acclaim, and was twice named as one of the best books of the year by the London Evening Standard and the Observer Review

After writing three more novels for Myriad editions, in 2016 Isabel became one of the launch authors at Trapeze. Little Sister was published in 2017 and Beautiful Liars in 2018.

Isabel has written for a number of publications, websites and journals including the The Guardian, Red and the new Bookseller Group magazine We Love This Book

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When two must keep a secret, three’s a crowd...

Eighteen years ago Martha said goodbye to best friend Juliet on a moonlit London towpath.

The next morning Juliet's bike was found abandoned at the waterside.

She was never seen again.Nearly two decades later Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new crime show... and the first case will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. After all these years Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet's life.

But what happens when your perfect friends turn out to be perfect strangers...?

“Beautiful Liars is twisty, gripping, and utterly unpredictable.”   Will Dean, author of Dark Pines

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Beautiful Liars, Trapeze, 2018; Little Sister, Trapeze, 2017; Flight, Myriad Editions, 2015; Summer of ’76, Myriad Editions, 2013; Glasshopper, Myriad Editions 2009, Eichborn (Germany); Hurry Up and Wait, Myriad Editions, 2011, Eichborn (Germany).