Faber to release special editions of Ishiguro's latest novel for indies and Waterstones

Faber to release special editions of Ishiguro's latest novel for indies and Waterstones

Faber is to release two special editions of Kazuo Ishiguro's lastest novel, Klara and the Sun, which will be published next spring, tailored for Waterstones and for independent bookshops.

The Waterstones edition will have sprayed edges and endpapers, and the independent bookshops edition will have a special colourway of mint, pink and red on the jacket, which has been created by Faber senior designer Pete Adlington. 

Bea Carvalho, Waterstones fiction buyer, said: "The release of Klara and the Sun is set to be one of 2021's most significant publishing events. Ishiguro’s works are firm favourites of Waterstones booksellers and customers and this first new release since his Nobel Prize win marks a moment of huge cultural importance. Faber’s strikingly beautiful design is sure to give it as impactful a presence as it deserves when it arrives in shops: we can't wait to share it with our customers."

The publisher released the jacket online today, with an animation across its social media channels, and is celebrating the announcement with a billboard in Blackfriars, using coloured sun motifs.


The first novel by Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Klara and the Sun will be published on 2nd March 2021, in hardback and export trade paperback editions. Alfred A Knopf will publish the novel in the US, and Knopf Canada will publish in Canada on the same date.

Sony Pictures and Elizabeth Gabler’s 3000 Pictures also closed a pre-emptive deal for the film rights in July 2020. David Heyman will produce the film through his production banner, Heyday Films.

The synopsis explains novel "tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans."

"Klara and the Sun is stunning," said Angus Cargill, editorial director, "a novel about the human heart that speaks urgently to the here and now, but from another place. As ever with Ishiguro’s writing, it manages to be both thrillingly surprising yet consistent with his whole body of work. I can’t wait for readers to discover the character of Klara and her world."