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  • Published: 10 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473558021
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Raptures



The highly inventive and deeply moving new novel from the award-winning author: when several children from the same village succumb to a mysterious illness, the quest to discover the cause has devastating and extraordinary consequences.


It is late June in Ballylack and school's finally out. Hannah Adger is looking forward to eight long weeks of fun and freedom, 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, ever the outsider, is haunted by guilt as she remains healthy while her friends are struck down. Isolated and afraid, she prays for help. What happens next will force her to question everything she believes.

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.

The Raptures is an unmissable novel of 2022. It will cement Jan Carson's reputation as one of the most exciting and inventive writers of her generation.

  • Published: 10 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473558021
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories (2017). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2016 she won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia. The Fire Starters is her second novel.

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