Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight works of fiction have earned him many awards and honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages. The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were made into acclaimed films. Ishiguro also writes screenplays and song lyrics. He lives in London with his wife and daughter, Naomi. Naomi Ishiguro's novel, Common Ground (March 2021), follows close on the heels of Escape Routes, her 'speculative fiction' short story debut collection, published early 2020, which captures the yearning for freedom and flight felt by so many of us now, after a year of lockdowns.