Once in a House on Fire

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Picador, 2007 - Dysfunctional families - 352 pages
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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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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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