"Monaghan's is a powerful, loving, and honest new voice."
– A. L. Kennedy, author of Paradise and So I Am Glad
"The thrills and horrors of life as a young drug dealer play out against a backdrop of suburban decay in Monaghan's sharp-edged debut. The stark material and unsentimental prose make for a wrenching look at devotion, crime, and violence."
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Startling and potent . . . The Killing Jar is a vibrant, shocking blast of life from Broxtowe. [Monaghan's] convincing characters swing unpredictably between terrifying and tender, and the often violent encounters usually have a bleakly funny edge."
– The Independent (London)
"When literature is at its best it transports us, takes us into the souls of people we might not otherwise know; it expands our humanity, and this is the extraordinary achievement of Nicola Monaghan's novel The Killing Jar, which opened up a world I never knew existed."
– asha bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife and Daughter
"A gripping, mile-a-minute British debut. Enthralling."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"This is class writing and gripping narrative, a true talent. It is an excellent piece of storytelling in language that is fully alive."
– George Szirtes, author of Reel, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize
"Monaghan's novel is direct and deceptively simple. In spite of suffering there are surprising touches of humour and tenderness that bloom like flowers on asphalt."
– The Times (London)
– Booklist (starred)
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Nicola Monaghan grew up in Nottingham, England. A career in finance took her to New York, Paris, and Chicago, but she gave it up to pursue an MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University. She lives in Nottingham.