Released on 19 October 2007.

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Once in a House on Fire

3.9 based on 1059 ratings & 73 reviews on

1999 Winner

Somerset Maugham Award


Set in 1970s Manchester, Once in a House on Fire tells 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.

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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
The Times
Full of energy, wit and a child's wide-open gaze . . . Andrea Ashworth escaped the fire to write a remarkable book
Independent on Sunday
One of the most extraordinary stories you will ever read of the triumph of the human spirit
Daily Mail