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Like A House On Fire

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781409178361

Price: £8.99

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‘Joyously wicked… I loved it’ RUTH JONES
‘Warm, witty & brilliantly realised’ DAILY MAIL
‘Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie’ JOSIE SILVER


Hide their breakup
After a series of blazing rows about everything from Jurassic Park to installing car seats for their (hypothetical) children, Stella and George are getting divorced.

Catch a murderer*
But first, Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party – and with her dad losing his job and her mum’s recent diagnosis, now is hardly the time to tell everyone.

Make it through one last family party
Stella and George just have to get through the day without their breakup being discovered – though it will soon turn out that keeping secrets runs in the family…

*pretend murderer

* * * * *


‘When it comes to personal relationships, Caroline Hulse dares to show us what we humans are really like. Her sparkling dialogue, astute observations and gloriously irreverent humour make Like A House On Fire a joyously wicked read that will cheer you up no end. A genuine tonic. So clever, so funny and so refreshingly different. I loved it’ RUTH JONES

‘Part Fleabag, part Agatha Christie, Like A House On Fire is everything I love in a book’ JOSIE SILVER

‘Painfully astute and brilliantly funny’ BETH O’LEARY

‘A deliciously dark comedy of manners’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Acutely observed… Very Nina Stibbe’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

‘Funny and sad and relatable and deeply human’ HARRIET TYCE

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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