• 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
  • 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

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