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  • Gripping, affecting, surprising. I inhaled it.

    Lisa McInerney
  • Spectacular . . . Dark, beautiful, at once grittily real and wildly magical. Insanely alluring.

    Donal Ryan
  • Blew me away with its power, anger and wit.

    Joseph O'Connor, Books of the Year
  • A big and rambunctious novel that casts a cold satirical eye on themes such as language, culture, identity, sectarianism, and the terrifying proximity of the past

    Sunday Times, 50 Greatest Irish Novels of the 21st Century
  • Shimmering with wit, simmering with an incandescent rage, shot through with a seam of wild magic, The Fire Starters is a powerful, disturbing portrait of East Belfast and its people and its hope for the future. I won’t be the only reader to proclaim that, in the best way possible, Jan Carson is on fire.

    Lucy Caldwell

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