Escape Routes (Hardback)
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Escape Routes (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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Stepping out from the shadow of her formidable father, Naomi Ishiguro delivers a collection of crystalline short stories fizzing with invention and possibility. With themes of freedom and flight married to historical and fantasy narratives, Escape Routes marks Ishiguro out as a distinctive voice in contemporary fiction.

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: 420 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 28 mm


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'Winsomely written and engagingly quirky, these are inventive tales that favour imagination over gritty realism.' - The Sunday Times

'An imaginative collection full of wide eyed wonder and millennial wit' - Sharlene Teo

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“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 of the ordinary. As ever, short story collections generally... More

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“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 individuals—who feel ‘trapped’. They are almost mystified by... More

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“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 restrictions in the amount of different ways you can... More

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