One of the most extraordinary stories you will ever read of the triumph of the human spirit Daily Mail 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. This is a brilliant book. Brilliantly written, brilliantly thought, brilliantly remembered . . . Ashworth has written an extraordinary memoir; the only pity is that she had to live it to make it Scotsman 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 Tim Lott, The Times Full of energy, wit and a childs wide-open gaze . . . Andrea Ashworth escaped the fire to write a remarkable book Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday Biographies Andrea Ashworth was born in Manchester in 1969. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Once in a House on Fire is her first book.