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The Killing Jar

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Five-year-old Kerrie-Ann Hill has an unusual neighbour. Mrs Ivanovich collects butterflies - she shows Kerrie-Ann how to catch them, how to take care of them, and even, with a jar and some strange-smelling liquid, how to kill them. Kerrie-Ann loves looking at these beautiful, delicate creatures in their cases, and imagining them flying free... This is Kerrie-Ann's story. She doesn't know who her father is, and her mother is a junkie. By the age of 10, she's sent out to sell drugs in school playgrounds. By the age of 12, she's been beaten up by a customer, hidden stolen guns in the dump behind the estate, done time in a girl's home, and already has a taste for whizz. And then there's Mark.... her only true friend and the one person she can really trust. Their friendship turns into a powerful love and together they are invincible, riding the euphoric highs of the 80s rave scene. But in their world of dealing and violence, addictions become all-consuming and it's easy to lose control. On this drug-riddled estate with an atmosphere as leathal as the killing jar of the title, it seems that Kerrie-Ann doesn't stand a chance. Unless she can make use of what Mrs Ivanovich taught her all those years ago. In this truly outstanding first novel, Nicola Monaghan has created a scary, unforgettable and original voice in a character who tells her story straight, with courage and control and without self-pity. She perfectly recreates the bleakness, the surreal violence of this world, but makes it human, and shows that love and hope can exist in the most poisoned places.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Killing Jar: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
ISBN: 0-7432-9968-X / 978-0-7432-9968-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Killing Jar: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
ISBN: 0-7432-9970-1 / 978-0-7432-9970-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Jar
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
ISBN: 0-09-949687-9 / 978-0-09-949687-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Jar
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
ISBN: 0-7011-7983-X / 978-0-7011-7983-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Jar
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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April 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Jar: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Monaghan
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon