All I’ve ever wanted to be is a writer, and that’s pretty much the only work I’ve ever done. As both Isabelle Grey and Isabelle Anscombe (journalism and non-fiction), I’ve written advertising copy, exhibition catalogues and illustrated books, been a ghostwriter, magazine editor, journalist and reviewer, and now write radio and television drama and fiction. I have learnt something from every single job. Writing is difficult, which is what makes it so endlessly fascinating, frustrating and rewarding.
My novels of psychological suspense, Out of Sight and The Bad Mother, and my new crime series set in Essex and featuring murder detective Grace Fisher, Good Girls Don’t Die, Shot Through the Heart, The Special Girls, and Wrong Way Home are all published by Quercus.
My television writing credits include over thirty-five episodes of series such as The Bill, Casualty, Wycliffe, Rosemary & Thyme and Midsomer Murders, the BBC/Discovery Channel docu-drama Genghis Khan, and original drama commissions from the BBC, Scottish TV, Carnival and Working Title TV. ‘Tina’s Story’, an episode of Accused, co-written with Jimmy McGovern for BBC1, starred Anna Maxwell Martin, Ewen Bremner, John Bishop and Robert Sheehan. (See my post, Praise for Accused).
As Isabelle Anscombe, I am the author of Arts & Crafts in Britain and America (with Charlotte Gere), Omega & After: Bloomsbury & the Decorative Arts, A Woman’s Touch: Women in the Decorative Arts from 1860 to the Present Day, Arts & Crafts Style, and Not Another Punk Book!
I grew up in Manchester, was educated there and at Newnham College, Cambridge, and now live in London.
On why my younger self wanted to be a journalist: see my post, The New Gonzo.