Two new Caroline Hulse novels go to Orion Fiction!

We are hugely excited that not one, but two new titles by Caroline Hulse have been snapped up by Orion Fiction! UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Caroline Hardman by publisher Emad Akhtar. The first book, the laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story, All the Fun of the Fair is set for e-book publication in May 2021, with the hardback to follow in July.

Fans of Caroline can also look forward to the paperback publication of her second novel Like a House on Fire in September.

Emad said: ‘Caroline is one of the most talented writers I’ve ever worked with.She’s completely unique in the way she can balance wit and warmth, and can make you cry, think and laugh out loud all in the same sentence.’

Caroline said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to share this news. I love having Emad as my editor. He exceeds my expectations every time with the vision and insight he brings, always inspiring me to aim higher and work harder, while making the process so much fun.’


The Fair is the only good thing that happens every year. And Fiona Larson is the only person in town who’s never been.

She’s pretended to go – but she’s never been allowed. Because, before Fiona was even born, her sister died there. Her perfect sister. Who always ate her greens. Always tidied her room, which is still an untouched shrine.

But this year everything will be different.

Fiona is about to turn twelve – older than her sister was. This summer, Fiona will save some money, make new friends, and finally have some fun at their fair.

But what she’ll actually do is:
– Find a mysterious bag in a bush
– Spy on everyone
– Lose her only friend
– Discover why ‘the bad house’ is called that
– Make a lot of lists
– Learn the truth about what happened at the fair…


Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog. She is the author of Like a House on Fire and The Adults. All the Fun of the Fair is coming in July 2021. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television.

You can read the full Bookseller article here.