Isobel Shirlaw is a writer based in the UK. She has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Telegraph, the i and The Catholic Herald in the UK and for Bangladeshi broadsheets, New Age and The Daily Star. In 2019 she won the Fresher Poetry Prize and was highly commended in the Poetry Space competition. She studied English at Oxford University and has worked on the features desk of The Daily Telegraph, as a political analyst for the British High Commission, Bangladesh, and as a senior manager for the domestic violence charity, Refuge. She has three young children. A Proper Mother is her first novel.