Debut Authors Panel: Ela Lee & Hanako Footman in conversation with Ella King

Friday 9th February 2024
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Trafalgar Square

Debut Authors Panel: Ela Lee & Hanako Footman in conversation with Ella King

Join us in welcoming debut authors Ela Lee and Hanako Footman in conversation with Ella King, author of Bad Fruit, to discuss two of our most highly anticipated fiction debuts of 2024.



"Jade isn't even my real name. Jade began as my Starbucks name, because all children of immigrants have a Starbucks name."

Jade has done all the right things.

She's curated herself to fit right in at her law firm, but tells herself she has no choice.

She's with a man who loves her, but she isn't always herself around him.

She's made her Omma and Baba proud, but resents that they can't properly understand her.

Jade is perfectly in control of her life.

Until one terrible night unravels Jade's carefully constructed world, leaving her wondering who she

truly is.



Mei loses her Japanese mother at age six. Growing up in suburban Surrey, she yearns to fit in, suppressing not only her heritage but her growing desire for her best friend Fran.

Yuki leaves the Japanese countryside to pursue her dream of becoming a concert violinist in London. Far from home and in an unfamiliar city, she finds herself caught up in the charms of her older teacher.

Haruka attempts to navigate Tokyo's nightlife and all of its many vices, working as a hostess in the city's sex district. She grieves a mother who hid so many secrets from her, until finally one of those secrets comes to light . . .

Shifting between three intertwining narratives, Mongrel reveals a tangled web of desire, isolation, belonging and ultimately, hope.


ELA LEE was born in 1995 and is a British-Korean-Turkish writer. She studied Law at the University of Oxford and went on to practise as a City lawyer. In 2021, during the global pandemic, Ela began work on her debut novel, Jaded, which explores themes of consent, race, and identity. She lives in London, with her partner and their mini Aussie Shepherd.


HANAKO FOOTMAN is a British-Japanese actor and author living in London. She studied at LAMDA, and has since gone on to star in notable projects across film, TV and theatre. Mongrel is her debut novel, inspired by the lack of representation she felt in her own industry.

 ELLA KING is a lawyer and novelist. An award-winning writer, her essays on race and motherhood have featured in ShadoELLE and Harper’s Bazaar. She has been a guest speaker at Faber Academy, University of Arts London and SOAS University of London and taught Spread The Word’s Writing Trauma in Fiction course. Her debut novel, Bad Fruit, was a Grazia Best Book Of The Year 2022.

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