• "Gripping, affecting, surprising. I inhaled it."

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

    Donal Ryan
  • "With a caustic wit and lyrical prose style, The Fire Starters is a rumination on fatherhood, identity, culture and place ... it marks out Carson as one of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation"

    Sunday Times
  • "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
  • "Captivating, intelligent and courageous"

    Irish Times