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Fire Rush: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2023

Fire Rush: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2023 by Jacqueline Crooks

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 Shortlist

By Jacqueline Crooks

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‘I was blown away by Fire Rush … Mesmerising, imaginative and incantatory’ Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Yamaye lives for the weekend, when she can go raving with her friends at The Crypt, an underground club in the industrial town on the outskirts of London. A young woman unsure of her future, the sound is her guide – a chance to discover who she really is in the rhythms of those smoke-filled nights. In the dance-hall darkness, dub is the music of her soul, her friendships, her ancestry.

But everything changes when she meets Moose, the man she falls deeply in love with, and who offers her the chance of freedom and escape.

When their relationship is brutally cut short, Yamaye goes on a dramatic journey of transformation where past and present collide with explosive consequences.

‘Wrought with an incredible precision and a musicality which carries every sentence’ Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Open Water


09 Jul 2023


A tense and absorbing read once I got used the use of the patois. Set between London, Bristol and Jamaica it is infused with music, dance, police brutality, crime, mysticism and ghosts. It emphasises the double jeopardy for Black women of racism and sexism, including from Black men. Quite terrifying at times but a cracking good book nevertheless.

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