Fire Rush


Fire Rush | 9781787333642 | Jacqueline Crooks

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:02/03/2023 by Vintage Publishing


A debut about dub reggae, love, loss and freedom, Fire Rush is an electrifying state-of-the-nation novel and an unforgettable portrait of Black womanhood.

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.

‘This book has it all … Set in London in the late 70s amongst clubs and dub music, you’re immersed into something really special’

‘Yamaye is a fantastic central protagonist and narrator … This novel takes you on an emotional and unforgettable journey’

‘I will be recommending it to everyone’

‘A phenomenal debut novel’

‘A stunning debut novel … as relevant to today’s racial climate as the 1970s … it felt musical, with dub music almost a secondary character in the novel’

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