I am a British writer based in Paris and London with more than a decade's experience covering a broad range of cultural subjects. I love meeting people who are passionate about what they do and am drawn to creative minds in any domain. Publications I have contributed to include The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, Intelligent Life, Elle, Grafik, Blast, Monocle, Rouleur, Procycling and The Connexion.
I am the author of Queens of Pain: Legends and Rebels of Cycling, published by Rapha Editions in October 2018 and co-author of Le Tour 100: The Definitive History of the World's Greatest Race, published by Octopus.
In the course of my work I have interviewed choreographers, Michelin-starred chefs, photographers, graphic designers, champion cyclists, eminent historians, scientific researchers, fashion designers, artists, sports doctors, CEOs, stylists, campaigners, curators, truffle-hunters and a fair few wise—and not so wise—old men and women.
A background in consumer public relations and book publishing enables me to create content of a high editorial standard with a precise understanding of clients' communication goals. My work for architects and international design-led brands includes web copy, press releases, client profiles and ghostwriting.
"Isabel Best is an absolute delight to work with. She knows how to ask the most relevant questions in order to formulate an accurate and engaging description of your business or project. Her press releases are clear and informative, descriptive but factual enough to allow for journalists to write their own story. Isabel is one of the most talented, knowledgeable, friendly, honest writers I have worked with." —Ambra Medda, founder and former Director of Design Miami/
"Isabel Best has provided us with some of the best writing which truly articulates who we are and what we excel in. Using the most accurate, descriptive yet poetically intelligent words, she has created some of the most useful copy with which we have gained successful business. Her descriptions and analytic approach to writing have helped us better understand how to define our added values and creative work. Her writing has been of great support to us and to our marketing material over the years."—Rabih Hage, architect and interior designer