Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific Australian novelist. She writes dark fiction, thrillers and contemporary/literary. On the dark side are her psychological thriller, The Cabin Sessions (2017), a short story, 'Ignominy' appearing in Shopping List 2 (2017) and a dark comedy thriller, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks (2018). On the lighter side she is the author of Asylum (2015), The Drago Tree (2015, Spanish translation 2017) and A Perfect Square (2016), and the short story collection All Because of You (2016, 2012). Her crime thriller, 'Twerk', comes out December 2018.
Isobel's interests are many and varied. A humanitarian and campaigner for social justice, in 1999 Isobel founded the internationally acclaimed Ghana Link, uniting two high schools, one a relatively privileged state school located in the heart of England, the other a materially impoverished school in a remote part of the Upper Volta region of Ghana, West Africa.
Isobel has a background in Western Esotericism and she's a qualified Astrologer. She holds a PhD from the University of Western Sydney, for her research on the works of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey, the 'Mother of the New Age.' After working as a teacher, market trader, and PA to a literary agent, she arrived at writing in her forties, and her stories are as diverse and intriguing as her life has been.
Isobel performs her literary works at events in a range of settings, gives workshops in creative writing, and writes book reviews. Her reviews have appeared in Shiny New Books, Sisters in Crime, Australian Women Writers, Trip Fiction and Newtown Review of Books. She talks regularly about books and writing on radio, in Australia, and on occasion in the UK and USA and Canary Islands.
British by birth, Isobel entered this world in Farnborough, Kent, as Yvonne Margaret Grimble. She has since been Yvonne Rodgers, before changing her name completely in 1996 to Isobel Schofield. After a number of years as Isobel Wightman, she is now very happily and permanently Isobel Blackthorn. Isobel has lived in England, Australia, Spain and the Canary Islands. She now lives on Australia's southern coast with her cat, Psyche.
The Cabin Sessions is a confronting, hard-hitting dark psychological thriller, told with an acid wit. Themes of domestic and child abuse are explored through minds distorted by fear, and corrupted by hatred and delusion. A tale where redemption is gained in unexpected ways.
It's Christmas Eve when hapless musician Adam Banks stands on the bridge over the river that cleaves the isolated village of Burton. A storm is rolling into the narrow mountain pass. He thinks of turning back. Instead, he resolves to fulfill his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions. He should be looking forward to it, but fear stirs when he opens the door on the Cabin's incense-choked air.
The moment he arrives he's confronted with an awful revelation, proprietor Delilah Makepeace announcing that his mentor and the evening's host has unexpectedly died. Worse, the replacement is Adam's former partner turned nemesis, oily frontman, Juan Diaz.
Adam's neighbour and local plumber, the immaculate Philip Stone is already there, brooding. He's had to attend to Delilah's leaky sink. He observes with a ruthless eye the other regulars, from sleazy barmaid Hannah Fisher, to old crone Cynthia Morgan.
In a parallel narrative, Philip's sister, Eva, prepares to take a bath. It's a ritual. She's a breath holder. At twenty-eight she's returned to Burton to finish the business of her past; business she must attend to, if only she could make sense of it. Memories begin to surface concerning the innocence of her brother.
Release: Fall 2017Pages: 315
It's a warm evening in the autumn of 1983 when Miriam Forster rolls into town in her broken down car.
Frankie the deer hunter, is up in the forested hinterland with her gun. Old Pearl the fisherwoman sits on her front deck down by the lagoon with her whisky and her dog. And Emily, the English backpacker, scrubs out the pie-encrusted kitchen at the roadhouse.
All is not well. There's a hoon doing donuts at the crossroads and screaming down the fire trails in the woods; a suspicious-looking city-slicker with two small children, squatting in Fred's shack down by the lake; a beanie-headed gaunt guy convalescing at the lighthouse; and an acne festooned creature in the hotel room next to Miriam, thrashing about in the night.
Gran Parks is stirring. Who will survive? Who will get away? Who will stay?
Release: March 31 2018Pages: 338
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