We are thrilled to introduce the first 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.
“Djinn Patrol…is storytelling at its best.”—Anne Enright
In this first instalment of the year, we are delighted to welcome author Deepa Anappara as she sits down with journalist and editor Sarah Shaffi to discuss her sprawling and superlative Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line—Winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, and the Bridport/Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel.
Inspired by real life journalism, Anappara’s coming-of-age debut follows three children setting out on a road-trip to investigate the disappearance of their classmates—braving the bustling outskirts of the Indian cityscape, and gaining their first glimpse of an uncompromising adult world. Anappara and Shaffi will discuss the realities of the harsh landscape in which the story is set, and its stark, truthful reflection of India and other major cities around the world today. She will also open up on her own writing process, and the steps that led to the publication of her first novel.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This debut evening is held in partnership with Asia House.
Tickets: £14.99 Book & Ticket inc. a copy of Djinn Patrol… (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.
Photography © Liz Seabrook