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  • Published: 30 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857505361
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $34.99

Relight My Fire

(The Stranger Times 4)

The fourth instalment in C K McDonnell's hugely original, fast-paced, fun and very funny Manchester-set series revolving around the investigations of The Stranger Times newspaper into the weird and the supernatural!

The Stranger Times - winner of the 2023 British Fantasy Award for Best Audio Work!

Some comebacks can be murder . . .

Stella is enjoying life as an almost student, or at least she is until a man falls from the sky right in front of her, leaving a big old hole in the pavement for Manchester Council to fill. The obvious question of how he ended up in the sky in the first place has no obvious answers, which is where The Stranger Times come in.

But this isn't just the hunt for another story. Dark powers think Stella might have been involved and the only way she and the team can prove her innocence is to find out what the hell is really going on. And what have dodgy gear, disturbed graves and a decommissioned rock star got to do with all this?

Vincent Banecroft has problems of his own in the form of a tall, dark but-definitely-not-handsome man dressed like a funeral who has been sent to make the paper's editor atone for his sins. Once he finds out exactly what that entails, Banecroft is not keen. Being banished to a Hellscape for all eternity looks like being no fun at all, not least because he has that pale Irish skin that burns really easily . . .

All that plus territorial ghouls, homicidal felines, eternal (and seemingly unstoppable) gnomes and a celebrity Who's Who that'd put a royal wedding to shame, and you're looking at a wild few days for The Stranger Times.

Relight My Fire is the fourth book in the acclaimed and brilliantly funny Stranger Times series.

  • Published: 30 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9780857505361
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author


Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, C K (Caimh) McDonnell is a former stand-up comedian and TV writer. He performed all around the world, had several well-received Edinburgh shows and supported acts such as Sarah Millican on tour before hanging up his clowning shoes to concentrate on writing. He has also written for numerous TV shows and been nominated for a Kid’s TV BAFTA.
His debut novel, A Man With One of Those Faces – a comic crime novel – was published in 2016 and spawned The Dublin Trilogy books and the spin-off McGarry Stateside series. They have been Amazon bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic.
C. K. McDonnell lives in Manchester. To find out more, visit whitehairedirishman.com

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Praise for Relight My Fire

McDonnell's world is transgressively hilarious, grimly banal and beguilingly warm. Of course there's a story that the intrepid journalists of The Stranger Times have to tease out: grave-robbing, cryogenics, a very angry witch, and a washed-up indie legend looking for a lost album, but the real joy lies in the pitfalls and pratfalls of getting there.

Jamie Buxton, DAILY MAIL

An absolute riot of a read.


Laugh-out-loud funny and full of colourful characters.


It’s no secret that here at SciFiTowers we’re massive fans of the Stranger Times series by C. K. McDonnell. Following the success of Love Will Tear Us Apart (which made February 2023’s list of best books), he’s back with book number four and we return to Manchester and the world of The Stranger Times newspaper who cover anything weird and wonderful.


I loved the dry and embedded humour of this book, it's the stuff of life . . . the whole thing is great fun.


You could be forgiven for wondering if author C.K. McDonnell could continue the high standards set in the previous three novels of The Stranger Times series, but fear not . . . Relight My Fire is perhaps the best since the original.


Wit, wonder and weirdness . . . McDonnell is an astute and enigmatic storyteller . . . eliciting visceral reactions from this reader who was at times stunned and falling off the chair laughing.