Our Endless Numbered Days Covers

I’ve just come back from the Festival du Premier Roman in Chambéry, France – a festival dedicated to debut novels. All the authors at the festival are invited because their books have been chosen by reading groups and students.

Our Endless Numbered Days received the student vote which meant that I got to meet four large groups of students who had been studying my book. I’m going to do a post about my time there soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d show the book covers for Our Endless Numbered Days that some of the students designed, including the winning design, and the one designed by their teacher which I was presented with. I think they’re all amazing. Penguin, Tin House, and all my other publishers take note!

Update: Here’s my post about attending the festival.

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ABA Book of the Year Award Finalist

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I’m so delighted and flattered to announce that Our Endless Numbered Days is a finalist in the ABA (American Booksellers Association) 2016 Indies Choice Book Awards.

The finalists were chosen for each category by six ABA member booksellers, and Our Endless Numbered Days was selected with five others for the Book of the Year: Adult Debut category.

Independent bookstores are wonderful, magical places. Because each book will have been hand-selected you know all of them are jewels just waiting to be discovered. And if an independent bookseller presses a particular book into your hands, you know it will come recommended from the heart. If you have an independent bookstore in your town, use it, treasure it.

ABA member booksellers across America have until 6th April to vote for their favourite. Keep your fingers crossed for Our Endless Numbered Days. The winner will be announced on 13th April.

Here is the ABA announcement with all the categories and finalists.

 

 

Our Endless Numbered Days Video

The UK paperback edition of Our Endless Numbered Days comes out onOur Endless Numbered Days 31st December, and things are already gearing up for its release.

Firstly, if anyone is thinking about buying a copy of the book for someone as a Christmas present, if you send me their name and your address, I’ll put a personalised card in the post for you to put in the book.

And secondly I’ve been working with my daughter to produce a short video. I did the drawing, she did the videoing and editing, and Penguin people worked on the final bits. If you like it, it would be lovely if you could share it.

 

Swimming Lessons to be published by Fig Tree / Penguin

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I’m so delighted and excited to be able to announce that Fig Tree (part of Penguin Books UK) has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to my second book, Swimming Lessons.

It is the story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband, Gil about the truth of their marriage, but decides not to send them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears from an English beach. Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home after Gil says he has spotted Ingrid through a bookshop window. Flora, who has existed in a limbo of hope and grief, imagination and fact, wants answers, but doesn’t realise that what she’s looking for is hidden in the books that surround her.

I’m not yet sure of the exact publication date, but it is likely to be early 2017.

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Our Endless Numbered Days needs your vote

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Our Endless Numbered Days has been nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize. This prize runs alongside the official Man Booker prize to provide an alternative list.

The next stage of the competition is a public vote, so if you’ve read my novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, and enjoyed it, please do vote. You have until midnight (UK time) on Sunday to say which two books you’d like to vote for.

Here’s how: Visit The Guardian’s Not the Booker page. Choose two titles from the list of 70 (you don’t have to have read both of them). And write a new comment below the main article, including the names of the two books you’re voting for and 100 words or so about one of them. (You may have to set up a free Guardian account in order to vote.)

And thank you in advance!

Our Endless Numbered Days wins The Desmond Elliott Prize

I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that my book, Our Endless Numbered Days has won The Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. My husband Tim and I came back to London from our holiday in Sweden on the hottest 1st July ever recorded in the UK, 37.8 degrees.

The winner was announced by Louise Doughty at a ceremony held in the Drawing Room at Fortnum and Mason. Here are some pictures of the event, including me feeling very nervous beforehand.

There was quite a lot of media coverage, including a live interview with me on BBC Radio 4 Front Row (starts at 18 minutes 52 seconds), The BBC website, The Guardian, and The Telegraph.

If you’d like a signed copy of Our Endless Numbered Days, Foyles bookshop is running a competition to win one of three books. Click here to enter.

Our Endless Numbered Days shortlisted for book prize

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I’m absolutely thrilled that my book, Our Endless Numbered Days has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novels. The shortlist of three (also including A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray, and Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey) was decided from a longlist of ten books. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 1st July.

You can read more about the shortlist on the BBC website.

Our Endless Numbered Days is longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize

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I’m absolutely delighted to let you know that Our Endless Numbered Days has been longlisted in the Desmond Elliot Prize. This prestigious prize is awarded annually to a UK debut novel. My book is up against some stiff competition though, including Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and The miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The shortlist is announced in May.

More information about the prize and the other longlisted novels can be found here.

Our Endless Numbered Days is Officially published in the USA today

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Today, 17th March 2015, Our Endless Numbered Days is officially published in the USA by Tin House.

Masie, Nanci, Meg and the rest of the team have been working so hard to get my novel noticed, and they’ve done a fantastic job so far:

“…the book is almost impossible to put down. Fuller weaves a hypnotic intensity of detail into her narrative that gives every lie the feel of truth…” The Chicago Tribune

“Fuller’s compelling coming-of-age story, narrated from the perspective of Peggy’s return to civilization, is delivered in translucent prose.” KIRKUS reviews

“The novel’s shocking, satisfying ending points to the persistence of the domestic plot in fairy tales, even as it’s flipped.” Cleaver Magazine

And, it’s been chosen as Powell’s Indiespensible book for March, which means it has had a limited edition cover made.

Our Endless Numbered Days is available from most independent bookstores, from Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

One last thing – if you do buy it and read it, thank you! And if you like it make sure you come back and tell me, tell your friends, write a review, or just generally shout it from the rooftops. Apparently nothing sells books like word-of-mouth.

Claire

 

The Times reviews Our Endless Numbered Days

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Today, The Times published a very lovely review of Our Endless Numbered Days – my first review in a UK national paper. The Times is pay-walled, so there’s not much point in having a link to the piece, so here is the print version. (The slightly odd sub-editing is caused I think by someone cutting down the online version for the printed newspaper.)

 

A thriller of a fairytale

By Fiona Wilson

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller Fig Tree

The year is young and yet already the literary world has been confronted with several novels that force readers to experience a parent’s bleakest nightmare, the abduction of a child – in both cases, that of a girl.

The stakes are high with a subject like this. The American detective novelist Laura Lippmann has described such missing-person novels as real-life ghost stories where those left behind are haunted by the possibilities of what has happened to their loved one. There is another side to the story: that of the point of view of the missing person. This is the premise for Claire Fuller’s debut novel, and it’s a triumph.

Our Endless Numbered Days is inspired by fairytales; the story’s menace is more Hansel and Gretel than that of a parent’s real-life horror story. Peggy, a young girl, is stolen away by her survivalist father to “die Hütte”, a ramshackle cottage in a European forest, and tells her that the end of the world has come, that her mother has died and they are the only survivors.

This much we know at the start: it is 1976 and Peggy’s father is building a fall-out shelter for the seemingly inevitable armageddon. He teaches eight-year-old Peggy to catch and kill a squirrel and trains her to pack a rucksack with everything she needs within four minutes of the blow of his silver whistle. When Ute, her mother, goes travelling with work, her father takes Peggy on “a holiday” to their cabin and cuts them off from the world. He tells Peggy that Ute has died and that a storm has wiped out the rest of the world. So begins their strange existence in the woods.

We know that Peggy survives the ordeal because twinned with this narrative is another set in 1985 – nine years after she went missing – when she has been reunited with the very much alive Ute, who has since had another child, Oskar. Peggy, we know, has arrived at her mother’s home malnourished with rotten teeth and only half an ear. “What did you like to eat when you were away?” Ute asks, “were away” being her euphemism for Peggy’s disappearance.

Peggy’s feelings about her father are confused: she cuts out a small photograph of him and sticks it under her right breast. “I knew if he stayed there, everything would be all right and I would be allowed to remember.” Within 50 pages, you are swamped with questions: what really happened that summer? How involved was Ute and where is Peggy’s father now? Slowly, the memories come back. Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue.

Fiona Wilson