Claire’s debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, will be published in the UK by Fig Tree / Penguin (26th February 2015), in the US by Tin House (17th March 2015), and in Canada by House of Anansi, as well as publishers in The Netherlands, France, Italy, Taiwan, Turkey and Israel.
Our Endless Numbered Days is the story of Peggy Hillcoat, who is eight in 1976, and spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano.
After a dreadful argument which Peggy doesn’t fully understand until later, her survivalist father James, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. And so 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.
Peggy isn’t seen again for another nine years.
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