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Foyles Fiction Debut 2020: Naomi Ishiguro

Thursday 16th April 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.


‘Stories that start like delicate webs and finish like unbreakable wire traps.’

—Neil Gaiman


In the next part of the series, we welcome Naomi Ishiguro to talk about her extraordinary debut story collection Escape Routes.





Tapping into a similar magic realist vein as Angela Carter, and the topsy-turvy creative leaps of David Mitchell, Escape Routes marks the arrival of a singular new voice in speculative fiction. In this beautifully crafted debut collection, Ishiguro’s subjects range from thrilling battles in decaying kingdoms to lovers stalked by the watchful eye of a stuffed animal and small children conjuring up cosmic vortex’s in airing cupboards—all the while striking a sorely needed tone of optimism for the world we live in. Ishiguro will shed light on the recent re-emergence of the short story form and the potential for distilling large ideas into taut and memorable literary encounters. She will also open up about her own writing process in the year her highly acclaimed first stories hit the bookshelves.






‘An empathetic and imaginative collection full of wide-eyed wonder and millennial wit’

—Sharlene Teo



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 Escape Routes (RRP £14.99) / £4 Debut Night Standard / Limited FREE Early Bird tickets for Foyalty members, Students, and Unwaged. 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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