The Killing Jar by Nicola Monaghan
WINNER OF A BETTY TRASK AWARD, THE AUTHORS' CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD AND THE WAVERTON GOOD READ
'A wonderful novel...I am full of admiration'
'An exuberant debut that reaches the parts of Britain mainstream fiction usually leaves alone. Monaghan reports in a thrillingly fresh, vital style on the hope and joy that survive in a land of Asbos and addiction.'
Independent Talent Special 2006
'Direct and deceptively simple. In spite of the suffering there are surprising touches of humour and tenderness that bloom like flowers on asphalt.'
'…often violent, it isn't gratuitous, and Kerrie-Ann's strident voice sounds authentic; her plight compelling and affecting.'
Independent on Sunday
'Utterly compelling reading about a "dead stormy" coming of age'
'A startling and potent debut novel. Powerful and complex.'
'Monaghan's is a powerful, loving and honest new voice. A writer without compromise and with considerable intelligence who should enjoy every possible success.'
'The Killing Jar is a brew of hyperbolic nastiness, which Monaghan has her heroine relate in a flat-vowelled dialect 'pilled-up' with literary flourishes… The rhythm of her language yields its own momentum.'
'Thought-provoking and compelling, right to the last page.'
'The stark material and unsentimental prose make for a wrenching look at devotion, crime and violence.'
Publisher's Weekly (starred)