Once in a House on Fire

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Picador, 2007 - Dysfunctional families - 336 pages
16 Reviews

Set in 1970s Manchester,Once in a House on Firetells the true story of three sisters and their mother, a close-knit and loving family forced to battle with poverty, abuse and the effects of depression. Beautifully written and deeply inspiring, with a new afterword by Andrea Ashworth, it is a book that will stay with its readers for ever.

‘This is a brilliant book. Brilliantly written, brilliantly thought, brilliantly remembered... Ashworth has written an extraordinary memoir; the only pity is that she had to live it to make it’Scotsman

‘Enchanting and thrilling... As a chronicle of northern working-class life in the seventies and eighties... it would be hard to better this book. It is extremely moving... It is also at time surprisingly, and gratifyingly, very funny’ Tim Lott,The Times

‘Full of energy, wit and a child’s wide-open gaze... Andrea Ashworth escaped the fire to write a remarkable book’ Blake Morrison,Independent on Sunday

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Writing to lose yourself to. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Anita - Goodreads

This memoir is essentially an old story about childhood abuse, written from a child's point of view. However, it's a beautifully written poetic book approached with such clarity and maturity, I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - Izzy - Goodreads

I wish I could say that I started getting into this book because I just so happened to come across it one day, but it was one of the books recommended to me for my next module of study; life writing ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Andrea Ashworth was born in Manchester in 1969. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Once in a House on Fire is her first book.

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