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Fire Rush

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Fire Rush
Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Everything
Yamaye and her sistren, Asase and Rumer live for the weekends when they can get away from the tower blocks of Nineteen Seventies Norwood and their dead end... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Fire Rush
Outstanding, a must-read Debut!
I wasn't sure what to think of this title at first given my picky history with General Fiction, but by the third page I was encapsulated by the writing sty... READ MORE
Bailey Mallon-Ward
Fire Rush
Profoundly moving.
This is a truly outstanding novel. I'll admit that when I first started the book, I honestly didn't think I would get very far. Much of the language was be... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
Fire Rush
Girl on fire
Such a powerful and beautifully written book, rooted in the rhythms of Black speech and music. We follow Yamaye, a young woman as she goes on a voyage thro... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Fire Rush
Nothing Else Like It
Fire Rush is one of the most distinctive and powerful debuts I've read in years, one that flows with its own innate musicality and rhythm that you tap into... READ MORE
Saba Sodhi
Fire Rush
A beautiful account of a young woman's journey
Jacqueline Crooks' debut novel is a beautifully written account of a young woman's journey from the Jamaican diaspora in London in the late 1970s, where sh... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells


He takes my hand, pulls me to him. 'This is our dancing time.'

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 where she was born and raised. 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 that takes her first to Bristol - where she is caught up in a criminal gang and the police riots sweeping the country - and then to Jamaica, where past and present collide with explosive consequences.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787333635
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 36 mm

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Fire Rush
My first five star read of 2023
This is a confident, lyrical, powerful work. The author handles tonal change very well and is able, through an involving narrative, to sustain the pull of... READ MORE
Phil Ramage
Fire Rush
not for me sadly
I struggled to get into this book as I found the speech really difficult to follow, which is a shame as it felt like the author had a lot to say. Maybe if ... READ MORE
Fire Rush
A vibrant and distinctive debut
This book was featured in the 2023 version of the influential annual Observer Best Debut Novelist feature (past years have included Natasha Brown, Caleb Az... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Fire Rush
A debut novel that will stay in my mind
Yamaye and her gyals: Rumer and Asase are all dressed up for a night’s dancing in the Crypt at a local church in SE London. It’s an all nighter with 200 p... READ MORE
Carole Tyrrell
Fire Rush
A new classic
Jacqueline Crooks' Fire Rush is a brilliant debut, an important novel about identity and power which has the makings of a modern classic. Our protagonist... READ MORE
Lydia Omodara
Fire Rush
A phenomenal debut novel
The story follows the life of Yamaye, a woman of Jamaican heritage, who was raised in a housing project in London and is still dealing with her mothers dis... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
Fire Rush
Oliver Twist for the Children of Windrush
Around the middle of the book, the main character states that people are hard to work out, but music doesn't lie. However, this is not entirely true. The p... READ MORE
Andy Stooke
Fire Rush
Wild times in the 1970's
This novel opens in 1978 at a time when, with good reason, black people have no faith in the police and the South London community is suffering the pressur... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
Fire Rush
Powerful gritty story
Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks is a powerful, emotional gritty story that resonates now that we know about the many things have been brushed under the carp... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon
Fire Rush
This book blew me away
This novel opens so powerfully. The reader is immediately plunged into the "blues party" dub reggae culture of the late 70s/early 80s in an urgent and visc... READ MORE
Fire Rush
Music in words
This debut novel, set in the Caribbean community in London, Bristol and ultimately Jamaica as the seventies turn into the eighties, is the story of Yamaye,... READ MORE
The Dynamite Kid
Fire Rush
A rollercoaster of a novel!
I was sent an advance proof copy of Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks to read and review by NetGalley. When I first started reading this novel I wasn’t sure ... READ MORE
Fire Rush
An exquisitely written novel about a young woman’s quest for love and freedom
“I turn on some old, favourite dub tracks. I grew up listening to Irving play his Trojan records. Ska into rocksteady into reggae. The offbeats and rhythmi... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
Fire Rush
Powerful debut
Yamaye lives for the weekend, when she can go raving with her friends Asase and Rumer at The Crypt, an underground club in the industrial town on the outsk... READ MORE
Fire Rush
Authentically Novel and Mind-Broadening
I love this book and I loved every minute reading it. Albeit in parts not an easy novel to understand as I am unfamiliar with the culturally specific patoi... READ MORE
Claudia Magnusson
Fire Rush
A brilliant debut
4 - 5 stars Timeline:-1979- early 1980’s This is Yamaye’s story, she lives on Tombstone Estate in Norwood, West London. She and her best friends Asase... READ MORE
Celia Short
Fire Rush
A novel brimming with lyrical, atmospheric, musical writing
It’s 1978, and Yamaye and her friends live in a small, industrial town on the edge of London, once a site of pagan rituals, where they dance with the dead.... READ MORE
Roisin Russell
Fire Rush
One to debate I think...
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy, I will confess I had not heard about this book until it made the Women's longlist. I was particularly int... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp