What to expect

‘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

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‘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

Critics Review

  • 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

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