Publication date: Sept 5, 2023
Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback
Page count: 148
ISBN: 978-1-915531-04-9
Price (paper): US$18.95
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 42,000
eISBN: 978-1-915531-05-6
Price (e-book): US$8.99

Lania Knight’s debut collection There Is Fire Here includes fifteen striking personal essays that span nearly a lifetime. Knight left home at sixteen on the back of a motorbike and never looked back. Her writing examines questions of parenthood, fidelity and promiscuity, private and public violence, gender identity, and why and how we write. In these essays, we see what it means to escape and to find ourselves caught in a cycle of coercion and abuse. Transformation comes slow and dear, but Knight’s writing shines in the heart of the fire, where the self emerges unbroken and true.

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  • In There Is Fire Here, Lania Knight’s essays leave all five senses tingling with heightened clarity. These are powerful words, fighting words, words of fire. Knight’s journey speaks to all that needs to be put right about being a woman today.’ ~ Xu Xi, author of Monkey in Residence & Other Speculations, Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City, and This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being
  • ‘There Is Fire Here is a collection of beautifully-written meditations on hard-won understanding and incisive reflections on family, love, change, self-knowledge and survival. These personal essays are vulnerable, resilient, and thought-provoking, with Knight unflinchingly dissecting episodes from her life – from motherhood to casual sex to how and why we write – to reveal that by looking deeper there is always more to see.’ ~ Sam Meekings, author of Under Fishbone Clouds and The Afterlives of Dr. Gachet
  • ‘Lania Knight’s essay collection, There Is Fire Here, is unflinchingly honest, powerful, and eloquent. Knight writes with tenderness and hard-won wisdom. Attending to the suffering and pleasures of the body, of the stories it holds and those that must be released, Knight’s voice is exquisite and compelling. There is fire in these essays.’ ~ Maureen Stanton, author of Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

Author Bio:
Lania Knight left home at sixteen, studied for a PhD at U of Missouri and currently lives and works in the UK. She is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Read more about her at and @laniaknight


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