Jan Carson The Raptures


Code 9781804990841
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When several children from the same village start succumbing to a mysterious illness, the quest to discover the cause has devastating and extraordinary consequences.

'Absolutely MAGNIFICENT: dark, witty, charming. I LOVED it.' - Marian Keyes
'Utterly absorbing' - Lisa McInerney
'Heart-rending, hilarious . . . it's a belter' - Louise Kenendy
'Blistering...glorious...written from the guts and from the heart.' - Lucy Caldwell
'An original and exciting work that's equal parts terrifying, hilarious and memorable.' - Sunday Times

It is late June in Ballylack. Hannah Adger anticipates eight long weeks' reprieve from school, but when her classmate Ross succumbs to a violent and mysterious illness, it marks the beginning of a summer like no other.

As others fall ill, questions about what - or who - is responsible pitch the village into conflict and fearful disarray. Hannah is haunted by guilt as she remains healthy while her friends are struck down. Isolated and afraid, she prays for help.

Elsewhere in the village, tempers simmer, panic escalates and long-buried secrets threaten to emerge.

Bursting with Carson's trademark wit, profound empathy and soaring imagination, The Raptures explores how tragedy can unite a small community - and tear it apart. At its heart is the extraordinary resilience of one young girl. As the world crumbles around her, she must find the courage to be different in a place where conforming feels like the only option available.

Darkly funny, highly inventive and deeply moving, The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022.

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'Absolutely MAGNIFICENT: dark, witty, charming. I LOVED it'
- Marian Keyes

'Heart-rending, hilarious . . . It's a belter.'
- Louise Kennedy

'An Agatha Christie-esque whodunnit, a dark supernatural mystery and an account of mass trauma. Carson forges these parts into a tragicomedy in which fantastic elements slot almost seamlessly alongside kitchen-sink realism...compassionate and meticulously observed.'
- Guardian

'Original and vivid, The Raptures is its own beautiful, unique thing'
- Irish Times

'The book's beauty comes from its hilarious depiction of claustrophobic small-town life.'
- Sunday Times

'An utterly compulsive and gripping portrayal of the brilliance of children, the power of intergenerational relationships, and the certainty of our human desire to belong. An utterly engrossing read - one that confronts the trauma of loss and the dangers of religious zealotry through powerful narrative, compelling characters and sharp wit. Jan Carson is a true original. An absolute must read. Outstanding.'
- Elaine feeney

'The Raptures is a wonderful piece of fiction. It engages the reader with a clever plot and with its perfect portrayal of parochial life in Northern Ireland imploded by tragedy told in prose that shimmers with empathy, warmth and humanity.'
- Irish Independent

'A fascinating tale of trauma, fury and panic.'
- Independent

'I gobbled up The Raptures. It's a delightful read - sharp, packed with wit and heart, and always utterly absorbing. And it's got that perfectly Irish mix of darkness and humour, the smartarsed wink into the void.'
- Lisa McInerney


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