Like A House On Fire
‘A joyously wicked read that will cheer you up no end. A genuine tonic. So clever, so funny and so refreshingly different. I loved it’ RUTH JONES
‘Warm, witty & brilliantly realised’ DAILY MAIL
‘Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie’ JOSIE SILVER
Two people trying to break up. One last family party. And no way out of it…
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Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about:
– Misquoting Jurassic Park.
– Leaving a Coke can on the side of the bath.
– Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids.
In other news, they’re getting divorced.
But first, Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party and – with her dad losing his job, her mum’s recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister – now is not the time to tell everyone.
All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered – though it will soon turn out that having secrets runs in the family…
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Praise for LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE:
‘When it comes to personal relationships, Caroline Hulse dares to show us what we humans are really like. Her sparkling dialogue, astute observations and gloriously irreverent humour make Like A House On Fire a joyously wicked read that will cheer you up no end. A genuine tonic. So clever, so funny and so refreshingly different. I loved it’ RUTH JONES
‘Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie, Like A House On Fire is everything I love in a book’ JOSIE SILVER
‘Painfully astute and brilliantly funny’ BETH O’LEARY
Hulse astutely taps into the underlying tensions of family life [...]. A deliciously dark comedy of manners. * Daily Express * A riveting read that shows the lengths people will go to to keep up appearances, this will reel you in and keep you hooked. * Heat Magazine * Warm, witty & brilliantly realised. * Daily Mail * An engaging domestic drama with well-drawn characters. * Candis Magazine * A total joy from start to finish, Like A House on Fire is a treat to savour. Caroline's perceptive, warm and witty characterisation brings this book to life - readers will all recognise (with affection) someone within its pages. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read Caroline's next book * Charlotte Duckworth * I loved Caroline Hulse's first novel, The Adults, so much, and I love her second book EVEN MORE. Like A House On Fire is hilarious and brilliant and clever in that way only Caroline knows how to be. The story is so compelling, I couldn't put it down, and the writing is so fresh and relatable. Highly, highly recommend! * Lucy Vine * Painfully astute and brilliantly funny, Like A House On Fire is a triumph of a novel. I loved it * Beth O'Leary * Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie, Like A House On Fire is everything I love in a book. A sharply observed study of relationships packed with subtle wit, I was hooked from page one. Bravo Caroline, what a triumph! * Josie Silver * I could not put Like a House on Fire down. Funny, moving and astute. A triumph! * Nicola Mostyn * Sheer delight from start to finish * Lesley Kara * Witty, whip-smart and wincingly observant, pure entertainment from start to finish. A Caroline Hulse book is a reading highlight of my year * Cathy Bramley * Absolutely loved Like A House on Fire. A proper delight * Richard Roper * I loved it - Funny and sad and relatable and deeply human. A big hat tip to the citing of We Need To Talk About Kevin, too * Harriet Tyce * I SO enjoyed Like A House on Fire - Acutely observed and brilliantly funny. Very Nina Stibbe * Clare Mackintosh * Caroline Hulse is a very funny writer and a wonderfully compassionate observer of human frailty -- Kate Eberlen
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