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Like a house on fire
Caroline Hulse
Paperback / softback
Orion Books
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'I loved The Adults! Funny, dry and beautifully observed' Gill Sims

George and Stella's marriage is over. They can't decide exactly when that happened (Was it the coke can? Or that comment about Jurassic Park?), but they both agree that it has.

A couple of months after the separation, Stella's mother, Margaret "The Force of Nature" Foy sends out invites for her murder mystery anniversary party - with George on the invite list. Stella hasn't told her parents about the divorce, she couldn't bring herself to. And with her father's business shutting down, Margaret's recent cancer diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her older sister Helen, now is clearly not a good time.

All they have to do is make it through the day without their secret being discovered. And in doing so, they may find each other again - or see their past and future both go up in flames...

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Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television.

All The Fun of The Fair is her third novel.

Caroline Hulse is a very funny writer and a wonderfully compassionate observer of human frailty
Kate Eberlen

I SO enjoyed Like A House on Fire - Acutely observed and brilliantly funny. Very Nina Stibbe
Clare Mackintosh

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

Absolutely loved Like A House on Fire. A proper delight
Richard Roper

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

Sheer delight from start to finish
Lesley Kara

I could not put Like a House on Fire down. Funny, moving and astute. A triumph!
Nicola Mostyn

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

Painfully astute and brilliantly funny, Like A House On Fire is a triumph of a novel. I loved it
Beth O'Leary

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

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

An engaging domestic drama with well-drawn characters.
Candis Magazine

Warm, witty & brilliantly realised.
Daily Mail

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

Hulse astutely taps into the underlying tensions of family life [...]. A deliciously dark comedy of manners.
Daily Express

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