Claire Fuller

Novel Writers: Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days

Novel Writers/
Thu 28 July 2016

Novel Writers: Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days

Claire Fuller
Thu 28 July 2016,

Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and wonderful books.

This month’s debut novel book-club introduces Claire Fuller and her novel Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott prize in 2015.

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue. – The Times

Photo of Claire Fuller credit Adrian Harvey

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