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Summary

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.

©2020 Naomi Ishiguro (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Winsomely written and engagingly quirky." (The Sunday Times)

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The author is clearly gifted, able to use language to describe every last detail. But ultimately, you’re left thinking ‘so what’ and wondering when the story will start. Takes two hours to get any story to get going. It’s dull, almost lazy. Really disappointed after so much hype