In her eagerly anticipated second novel, 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....
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), and Summer of '76 (out now).
She is also winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition 2008, judged by Fay Weldon and the late Sir John Mortimer. Isabel now lives in West Sussex with her husband, a carpenter; their two children; and a border terrier called Charlie.
"Haunting fiction." (Stylist)
"With strong characters, a cleverly constructed story and masses of period detail, this vivid evocation of life in 1985 is a fine second book from a writer who first won the Mail On Sunday Novel Competition." (Daily Mail)
"Ashdown's depiction of a vulnerable teenager and the magnetic pull of a toxic friendship will have you wincing with recognition." (Glamour)
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