Angela Burnett believes what the newspapers say - that her father murdered her mother and baby brother - and tries to hide this painful secret from her guardians after being sent to live in an eerie coastal village in Suffolk. Haunted by ghosts of the past, Angela strikes matches to comfort herself. At first, she lights small fires to appease the firebug inside her. But as the craving becomes more intense, the fires become bigger. By the light of these blazes, Angela sees visions that begin to unravel the mystery of her mother's death. This remarkably accomplished debut vel explores the beauty, the magic and danger of fire.
Stephanie Hale's award-winning short stories and poetry have been widely published in anthologies and literary journals. She is former Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Diploma at Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education. She also teaches at the university's Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and at Ruskin College, Oxford. She has 15 years' experience as a newsreader and journalist, broadcasting on Radio 1, Radio 4, Sky Digital and Anglia Television. Stephanie has a Creative Writing MA and was tutored by authors Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. She lives in Oxford with her husband, eight-year-old son and baby daughter.