The Passengers With Will Ashon

Join us for our second author event in the shop. Another writer we love gets on the train to join us in the upstairs room for a night of real magic.

Author of The Passengers Will Ashon will be with us on Thursday 24 November for an interview, reading, Q+A and book signing.

Tickets on sale now and books on sale in the shop.

An original and profound portrait of contemporary Britain told through the testimonies of its inhabitants.

Between October 2018 and March 2021, Will Ashon collected voices – people talking about their lives, needs, dreams, loves, hopes and fears – all of them with some connection to the British Isles. He used a range of methods including letters sent to random addresses, hitchhiking, referrals from strangers and so on. He conducted the interviews in person, on the phone, over the internet or asked people to record themselves. Interview techniques ranged from asking people to tell him a secret to choosing an arbitrary question from a list.

The resulting testimonies tell the collective story of what it feels like to be alive in a particular time and place – here and now. The Passengers is a book about how we give shape to our lives, find meaning in the chaos, acknowledge the fragility of our existence while alleviating this anxiety with moments of beauty, love, humour and solidarity.


‘Ashon’s gloriously polyphonic book scales the heights. A deeply felt and humane portrait of where we are.’ NIVEN GOVINDEN

‘This book couldn’t have come into my life at a better time. It’s a guiding mate. It enters like a cat through a window, ready to take your attention and show you what it needs to.’ TICE CIN

‘A magical mystery tour of Britain . . . extraordinary.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

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