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Before the Fire

Sarah Butler

It's June 2011. Stick and Mac are a couple of months shy of eighteen; summer's approaching and they're about to leave their north Manchester estate for the beaches of southern Spain.

But the night before they're planning to go, Mac ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, the victim of a random knife attack, and suddenly Stick's going nowhere.

His mum doesn't want him to leave the house; his dad's desperate to be his best friend; and his nan's boyfriend keeps telling him Mac's doing just fine in the spirit world. 

Then he meets J and she might just be everything he needs. Except she's a firebrand with a grudge against the police, and the August riots are just around the corner...

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781447222538
Published: 10/03/2016

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler lives in Manchester and runs a consultancy which develops literature and arts projects that explore and question our relationship to place. She has been writer in residence on the Central Line, the Greenwich Peninsula, and at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has taught creative writing for the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Ten Things I've Learnt About Love is her first novel, and will be published in twelve languages around the world.

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“A brilliant, punchy and utterly contemporary novel”



“A moving portrayal of a country in crisis, getting under the skin of both the issues and the people affected by them”

Emma Chapman, author of How To Be a Good Wife