I was born in August 1969 in London, but my parents moved to Cambridgeshire soon afterwards. There I attended four schools, all convents and all called St Mary’s, before reading Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford. My first job on graduating was at Usborne Publishing. I’m rediscovering their books now that I have children and recommend them highly.
I then moved to Spain for three years where I worked as an au pair and at a publishing house, before ending up at Hello! magazine for a couple of years, which for labyrinthine historical reasons is partly edited in Madrid. When a royal death or engagement is announced, I still break into a cold sweat at the thought that I might have to sub-edit the list of names of attending foreign dignitaries.
I returned to London in 1997 (thereby missing being at Hello! for the death of Princess Diana) and worked on the launch of thisislondon.com (the Evening Standard online), which I edited from 1998 to 2000. I then worked on a series of lifestyle websites for Express Newspapers and websites to support television programmes for Carlton Productions.
I left Carlton to produce children, books and features for a variety of newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Times and the Guardian, and magazines such as Grazia and Red. Please go to the Press section of this site if you’d like to read some examples of my work.
I live in North London with my three children and husband. He is not the basis for Joel in The Pile of Stuff.
I’ve now had five novels published – Izobel Brannigan.com; The Pile of Stuff at the Bottom of the Stairs; Just Like Proper Grown-ups; The A-List Family and The Weekend Wives. A non-fiction work for Hoxton Mini-Press is to be published in 2018, entitled Startup London – lots of inspirational tales from those brave and smart enough to set up their own businesses in the city.
In 2017 I took up a Royal Literary Fund fellowship at the London College of Fashion, where I help students with writing for two days a work. It is a wonderful relief from the solitary nature of writing.