Our Endless Numbered Days

My debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, is published in the UK by Fig Tree / Penguin, as well as in Canada, France, Israel, the US, Turkey, Italy, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Brazil, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, and will be published in Spain and Russia. It has recently been optioned for film.

It won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction and was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2016, and a Waterstones Book Club book. In 2015 it was selected by Powells as an indiespensible book.

Our Endless Numbered Days is the story of Peggy Hillcoat, who when she is eight in 1976, 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 family crisis 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 her that the rest of the world has disappeared.

Peggy isn’t seen again for another nine years.


A triumph” The times

Fuller writes with a singing simplicity that finds beauty amid the terror” The Sunday Times

This is a book filled with suspense and revelation, light and shadow and the overwhelming feeling that nothing is quite as it seems” The Sunday Express

Fuller evokes the natural world’s beauty and brutality as her characters endure nine torrid years in the forest and the novel reaches a sinister conclusion.” The Independent


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98 thoughts on “Our Endless Numbered Days

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  2. Congratulations, Claire. I’m really intrigued by the different covers offered for the different versions of your novel. I imagine you can’t say which you prefer, but I love the one on the far right. You must be getting very excited.

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    • They are three different publishers and I think they each felt that their target readers would respond in a certain way to certain types of cover. As I understand it, the Canadians did consider using either the US or UK cover, but in the end decided to design their own. I haven’t yet seen the other countries’ covers, but I think they all usually design their own.

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  7. I absolutely loved this book—and I mean it was the best book I’ve read in ages. It devoured me, instead of the other way round. I have an advance copy, of course, but I cannot wait to buy it and have it to read again and remind me of the experience of this first time through. It all feels so real still. I have to gather myself before I can coherently write my thoughts on it.

    PS. The Canadian cover (I’m Cdn) is my least favourite (seems a bit cliche to me), but they all suit the story.


    • Thanks Steph. I’m so pleased you liked it. I didn’t have a say in cover design, but it’s still interesting to get your thoughts. Since you wrote your comment, I’ve also posted the French cover on this page. Very different again.


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  11. Dear Calire,
    I have read a lot about your book. The premises of the story sounds intriguing and interesting. I have just orderd it on Amazon india and hope to read it soon. being an aspiring author (my 1st novel is under submission with agents) I always take vicarious pleasure in teh success of debut writers.
    All the best and hope to read your book soon.



    • Hello Abdullah,

      Thanks for ordering Our Endless Numbered Days. It’s lovely to know it’s reaching readers in India! I hope you enjoy it.

      Good luck with your first novel. I remember how scary and exciting it is when you first send it out. Let me know how it goes!

      Best wishes,



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  13. Hi Claire! First of all, huge congratulations on your “baby” finally being out in the world – to universal acclaim, as far as I can ascertain! I read a great review on Fleur In Her World’s blog which made me feel that I’m not actually too thick to read and enjoy your book – some of the blogs who’ve reviewed it have spent too much time trying to sound clever, whereas Fleur told us what it was all about. Love the premise – one of those simple, “why didn’t I think of that?” ones that result in the best books. Loved your explanation re different covers – something which has always intrigued me! Finally, I was going to wish you masses of luck with your novel, but you don’t need it – it’s going stratospheric, which is brilliant. So, all that’s left to say: Well bloody done!


    • Ahh, what a lovely message to wake up to – thank you. And so nice to know that Fleur’s review helped. I hope if you do get to read Our Endless Numbered Days you enjoy it. Do let me know!
      Thanks again,


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  37. Hi Claire.
    My mum suggested your book to me. I finished it at 3am last night as I could not put it down. I loved this book so much and was all consumed by it! Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful novel that in the end left me blubbing!!


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  45. Just finished your book. Wow, wow, a well executed story. I feel so much for Peggy, and want to shake the adults out of their selfishness. What was Ute thinking, never passing on the gift of learning the piano?. And a very sinister and strange twist to the mystery behind Reuben. As a human you feel sad for a childhood lost, and Peggy never truly experiencing love. And right away you realise she never refers to Ute, as her mother, so from the get -go you understand this is a very distant relationship. Clever writing. I loved it, a real page turner. Thank you.


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  47. Hello, I’ve just finished reading your novel and I feel absolutely bereft. I just loved it. Everything about it. The ending was so incredibly moving and upsetting and intriguing, all at once. I’m left inventing my own (happy) ending for Punzel, whom I’ve grown to really really care about – a difficult thing for a writer to do, so really, very well done Claire.


    • Thank you so much for reading it Ruth, and for taking the time to let me know what you thought. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it, and actually I think that it’s fine for you to create your own ending for Punzel – it’s just as valid as mine.


  48. I read this over the weekend and thought it was just stunning. As others have written here, I couldn’t put it down. The book will be one that stays with me for years to come. It was also really interesting to read the 100 word pieces that were written as the book was being constructed. Fabulous, thank you.


  49. I know this question is kind of out of left field…but why is there a different cover art for each country? Can’t art cross borders or something? (Oh, and congratulations on the recent awards and nominations.)


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  67. Claire, firstly, I loved Our Endless Numbered Days, it is a triumph. I am a big fan of fairy tales and noticed a lot of references woven into your tale. I am assuming this was done purposefully and I was wondering if you could put into words why you chose to do that please? Congratulations on the success of Unsettled Ground (another triumph).


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