Isobel English

British 1920 - 1994

Isobel English, pen name for June Guesdon Braybrooke, was an English writer. Isobel English published her first book, The Key that Rusts, a year after she was married (having described her occupation as “writer” on her marriage certificate). Every Eye followed two years later, and in 1961 her final novel Four Voices. She published numerous short stories and a collection of them, Life after All appeared in 1973 and won the Katherine Mansfield Prize. A single unstaged play, Meeting Point, was published in The New Review. English wrote introductions for Virago reissues of several of Olivia Manning’s books and collaborated with Braybrooke on Manning’s biography.[2]