Escape Routes

Escape Routes

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/02/2020
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Escape Routes
A new force to be reckoned with in magical realism.
This debut book is always slightly out of this world. It'll be interesting to see what Ishiguro does next!
Alan O'Keeffe


Characterised by its own brand of pleasingly unsettling magic, Naomi Ishiguro's Escape Routes matches the inventiveness of David Mitchell with the fairy-tale allure of Angela Carter.

A space-obsessed child conjures up a vortex in his mother's airing cupboard. A musician finds her friendship with a flock of birds opens up unexpected possibilities. A rat catcher, summoned to a decaying royal palace, is plunged into a battle for the throne of a ruined kingdom. Two newlyweds find themselves inhibited by the arrival in their lives of an outsized and watchful stuffed bear.

Whether snared in traps artfully laid for them, or those of their own making, the characters in Naomi Ishiguro's delightfully speculative debut collection yearn for freedom and flight, and find their worlds transformed beyond their wildest imaginings.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472264855
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 28 mm

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Escape Routes
Quirky and imaginative
In Naomi Ishiguro’s debut collection of short stories, we encounter a world of fantasy and fairy tale, where characters and their worlds are slightly out o... READ MORE
Alan M
Escape Routes
An impressive collection of short stories from an incredibly promising young writer
A novel can often be a very interesting way of exploring a theme - such as love, freedom, grief - but the very form of the 'novel' brings with it some rest... READ MORE
Joseph Thomas
Escape Routes
A mixed bag
Like many collections of short stories Naomi Ishiguro’s Escape Routes is a bit of a mixed bag. Each story seems to be centred around an individual—or ind... READ MORE
Anna Briggi
Escape Routes
A stylish, compelling debut
A debut collection which manages to be unsettling and enchanting in equal measures – stories of the uncanny, or metaphorical, flecked through with a playfu... READ MORE
gemma reeves
Escape Routes
A whimsical delight
A captivating debut. Naomi Ishiguro is a bold new voice in fiction. I loved this playful, witty and thought-provoking brand of storytelling - a beautifully... READ MORE
Sophie Kirkwood