My third novel, Bitter Orange is published in the UK and Commonwealth by Fig Tree / Penguin. It has also been published in Germany, the US, Canada, Greece, France, Spain, and Russia.
Frances Jellico is dying and remembering when, in the summer of 1969 she was commissioned to survey the follies in the garden of Lyntons – a decrepit and almost derelict country house. There, living in the attic for a month or so, she meets Cara and Peter who are staying in the rooms below hers. This unusual couple encourage Frances to stay up late, to smoke, to eat and drink as much as she wants, and to ignore the work she has been commissioned to do. But Frances discovers a hole in her bathroom floor which allows her to spy on Cara and Peter, an act of duplicity she is unable to resist. As Frances falls under her new friends’ spell and she learns their stories, the house offers up its own secrets, until her life is changed forever.
Bitter Orange is long listed for the International Dublin Literary Award, and was named as one of the best books of 2018 by Amazon, The Spectator, Prima Magazine, Rother Books in Battle, Vulture Magazine, and Shakespeare & Co, Paris.
“It is rare for me to put down a novel and then immediately consider rereading it to see what cleverness I might have missed. This time, though, I am tempted.” The Sunday Times, July 2018
“In the vein of Shirley Jackson’s bone-chilling The Haunting of Hill House, Fuller’s disturbing novel will entrap readers in its twisty narrative, leaving them to reckon with what is read and what is unreal. An intoxicating, unsettling masterpiece.” Kirkus (starred review) July 2018
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Lyntons is inspired by The Grange (the house in the picture above), in Hampshire, a fascinating Greek Revival style house, managed by English Heritage.