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Foyles Fiction Debut 2020: Paul Mendez

Tuesday 5th May 2020 7pm - 9pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event


***We regret to inform you that due to ongoing public health concerns, this event has now been cancelled. Please email for any further information***


We are thrilled to introduce the next instalment in our new series of Debut Fiction evenings at our flagship Charing Cross Road branch—focusing on some of the most hotly-anticipated novels and extraordinary new literary voices hitting bookshelves in 2020.



‘This debut cements Mendez as a stunning new voice in fiction’




In the next part of the series, we welcome Paul Mendez—one of The Observer’s 10 Best Debut Novelists of 2020—as he takes us on a time-sliding trip through the West Midlands, and dives deep into the pages of his mesmerising intersectional debut Rainbow Milk.




At the turn of the millennium, nineteen-year-old Jesse McCartney comes face to face with the incompatibility of the various aspects of his identity: his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing, his race and his newly-understood sexuality. Winding the clock back 50 years, we also find ex-boxer Norman, arriving in the Black Country from Jamaica in anticipation of a bright future, only to meet an unexpectedly hostile reception, and the rapid deterioration of his personal health. A stunning exploration of race, class and religion across ages and cultures, Rainbow Milk shines a light on a generation shunned upon arrival in the UK and the effects this has had on young black experiences in the present moment.





Mendez will talk about the often uneasy relationship between class, religion and sexuality. Opening up a wider discussion about the betrayal of the Windrush generation, he will also observe how the rich and often painful experiences felt by so many are only now getting the representation they deserve. Finally, he will outline his own writing process, and discuss the steps that lead to his work being published for the first time.


The event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, and the opportunity to continue the conversation further before the space closes at 9pm.



For events in our Debut Fiction 2020 series, we will be offering a small number of Free Early Bird Tickets. These are open to Foyalty card members, students, disabled patrons and unwaged customers and are strictly limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unsure whether you qualify for a free ticket, please contact a member of the events team at



Tickets: £14.99 Book & Ticket inc. a copy of Rainbow Milk (RRP £14.99) / £4 Debut Night Standard / Limited FREE Early Bird tickets for Foyalty members, Students, Disabled and Unwaged patrons. When purchasing a Foyalty or Student ticket, you'll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you.

Venue: The Auditorium - Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road*.



*Please note that the auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the lifts located on the Ground Floor.  

**Not a Foyalty member but want to earn points and get access to discounted tickets? Click here to register free today!






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